A 22-year-old British citizen has been arrested in Spain in connection with a July 2020 Twitter hack that compromised the accounts of high-profile politicians and celebrities, the US Justice Department said on Wednesday.
It named the British man as Joseph James O’Connor and said he faced multiple charges. He was also accused in a criminal complaint of computer intrusions related to takeovers of TikTok and Snapchat accounts, including one incident involving sextortion, as well as cyberstalking a 16-year-old juvenile.
An unnamed second person, identified as “Juvenile 1” in the criminal complaint, was also charged in connection with the hack on 30 July 2020, in the northern district of California for playing a “central role” in the Twitter attack using the moniker Kirk#5270.
The hacker was later identified as Graham Ivan Clark, 18. The federal charges were dismissed and in March he pleaded guilty to state charges in Florida and agreed to serve three years in juvenile prison.