Apple & Elon Musk Twitter hacker pleads guilty to cryptocurrency scam

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British hacker Joseph James O'Connor pleaded guilty to hacking well-known Twitter accounts, including those of Apple, Kanye West, Elon Musk, and Joe Biden and faces two decades in prison.

In July 2020, O'Connor hacked several high-profile accounts on Twitter. He then used the accounts to propagate cryptocurrency scams.

In 2021, O'Connor was arrested in Spain and extradited to the US in April of 2023.

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O'Connor used high-profile accounts to swindle Twitter users

Now, according to The Guardian, O'Conner has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of computer intrusion, extortion, stalking, wire fraud, and money laundering.

"O'Connor's criminal activities were flagrant and malicious, and his conduct impacted multiple people's lives. He harassed, threatened, and extorted his victims, causing substantial emotional harm," assistant attorney general Kenneth A. Polite Jr. said.

It's also alleged that O'Connor, along with several co-conspirators, stole $794,000 of cryptocurrency from a New York company.

O'Connor is scheduled to face sentencing on June 23. His most serious charge could land him in prison for 20 years.

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    Hack someone's account to harass and bully them and the penalty is almost always a stern talking to - even if the victim suffers horrendous emotional trauma (sometimes to the point of suicide). Move on to fraud, however, and you serve jail time.

    Methinks a rebalancing is required.
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