Florida teen facing 30 felony charges tied to Twitter hack

A Florida teenager has been charged with 30 felonies in connection to a Twitter hack on July 15 that impacted such globally prominent individuals as Elon Musk, Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos and Joe Biden.

The charges were filed this week by the Hillsborough, Florida, state attorney’s office, according to WFLA. The 17-year-old, whose name is not being reported, is in custody.

The suspect is facing one count of organized fraud, 17 counts of communications fraud, one count of fraudulent use of personal information with over $100,000 or 30 or more victims, 10 counts of fraudulent use of personal information and one count of access to computer or electronic device without authority.

Twitter said the hackers responsible for the breach used the phone to fool the social media company’s employees into giving them access.

“This attack relied on a significant and concerted attempt to mislead certain employees and exploit human vulnerabilities to gain access to our internal systems,” the company said.

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