Florida teen, two others charged in Twitter hack; breach of celebrity accounts

by Malachi Walker

Authorities have charged three suspects for the recent cyber-attacks on celebrity Twitter accounts in a scam that requested bitcoin from followers. Who exactly was the alleged mastermind behind this attack? The answer may surprise you. 

A 17-year old Florida teen is believed to be the one behind it. Their intentions seemed to be financial fraud, exploiting human vulnerabilities via "spear-phishing" to gain access to Twitter's internal systems and tools to control accounts.

According to NBC News, they could have had access to any Twitter account using this method. For more information about these hackers and their intentions, read Pete Williams and Brandy Zadrony's article on NBC News.