British man detained in Spain for hacking politicians on Twitter

A British citizen was detained in Spain. He is considered to be involved in the case of hacking accounts of politicians and other public figures on Twitter in July 2020. It was announced by the US Ministry of Justice on July 21.

“A citizen of the United Kingdom was arrested today in Estepona, Spain, by the Spanish National Police pursuant to a U.S. request for his arrest on several charges in connection with the July 2020 Twitter hack that resulted in the hacking of more than 130 Twitter accounts, including those belonging to politicians, celebrities and companies,” the agency said.

Joseph O’Connor, 22, is accused of hacking into other people’s social media accounts. He is also charged with cyberstalking an underage victim.

The man is also charged with conspiracy to knowingly access a computer without authorization and obtain information from a secure computer, as well as gaining access to a computer with the intent to extort. In addition, he is accused of transmitting threatening messages, several counts of cyber harassment.

On July 16, 2020, it was reported that hackers hacked the Twitter account of then former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. In addition, the personal pages of an entrepreneur, head of Tesla and SpaceX Ilon Musk, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, financier Warren Buffett, former U.S. President Barack Obama and others were subjected to cyber attacks. Attackers also attacked the accounts of Apple and Uber.

In total, as a result of the illegal actions of unknown hackers, 130 social network accounts were hacked.

A few days later, then 17-year-old Iwan Clark was accused of coordinating the attack. In the spring of 2021, he pleaded guilty and agreed to three years in prison.