The ringleader of the Twitter breach that used prominent accounts to run a cryptocurrency scam turns out to be a 17-year-old in Tampa arrested earlier today.
Two accomplices, Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando and Mason Sheppard, 19, in the U.K., known as Rolex and Chaewon, respectively, were also arrested in the scheme that took over Twitter accounts of former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Apple, Kanye West and others to push a COVID-19-related cryptocurrency scam.
Sheppard, who used his own drivers license to prove his identity on Coinbase and Binance, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and the intentional access of a protected computer, which could add up to 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine, according to the Justice Department.
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