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“Porn Bombs” Shut Down Court Hearing On Teen Accused In Twitter Hack

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17-year-old accused of hacking a number of the world’s highest-profile Twitter accounts final month.

A bail listening to by Zoom for the 17-year-old accused of hacking a number of the world’s highest-profile Twitter accounts final month provided some surprises when a lawyer revealed that {the teenager} was already below investigation final yr — after which the session was interrupted by members displaying porn.

Graham Ivan Clark’s attorneys had been in the course of asking a Florida decide to decrease their shopper’s bail — saying the $725,000 he is required to put up to get out of jail is disproportionate to the $117,000 he is alleged to have reaped from the hack — when the raunchy photos had been broadcast into Wednesday’s listening to, bringing it to an unceremonious finish.

Clark was arrested final week and charged with hacking into the accounts of notable businesspeople, celebrities and politicians, together with former president Barack Obama, Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos and Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk, and posting messages soliciting Bitcoin donations. He has pleaded not responsible and stays in jail on the $725,000 bond.

On prime of arguing for decrease bail, legal professional David Weisbrod instructed Judge Christopher Nash in Tampa that his shopper should not should show the supply of any funds he posts. In making that argument, he revealed that authorities had served a search warrant on Clark’s residence final August, nearly a yr earlier than the large Twitter hack, as a part of a separate investigation, and froze a cryptocurrency account of his.

After the raid, Clark agreed to forfeit 100 Bitcoins — about $1.2 million based mostly on at the moment’s Bitcoin worth of about $11,600 — as a part of an settlement below which he wasn’t prosecuted and admitted no wrongdoing, Weisbrod instructed the courtroom. In an interview after the listening to, he mentioned the 100 Bitcoins represented about 25% of the cryptocurrency in Clark’s account, which authorities unfroze after making the settlement. He declined to remark additional on the earlier investigation.

Last yr’s probe was right into a “SIM swap” scheme, attorneys for Clark mentioned in courtroom filings. In a SIM swap, hackers idiot telephone carriers into altering an individual’s SIM card, utilized in authentication, to seize calls, texts and delicate information, typically together with checking account info. Such a ruse was on the heart of a hack final yr of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey himself. The firm closed the loophole by suspending the flexibility to tweet by way of textual content.

The investigation concerned the alleged theft of $1 million from California residents, Florida prosecutors mentioned in courtroom papers. The day his funds had been unfrozen, prosecutors say, Clark allegedly transferred them to a different account to start the exercise that led to the present expenses.

Prosecutor Darrell Dirks urged the decide to not budge on the bail, saying the loss could also be larger than $117,000 and that “we are still discovering the breadth and depth of the defendant’s criminal conduct.”

The decide hadn’t dominated on the bail request when he was compelled to cancel the listening to due to the porn bombs. In the top, he saved the bail quantity as it’s however agreed to take away the situation that Clark show the supply of his funds, Weisbrod mentioned within the interview.

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