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Federal charges possible in Twitter hack case

On Behalf of | Aug 21, 2020 | Criminal Defense |

Social media plays a large role in the lives of many people in the United States. While they use it socially, many also depend upon it for their business or political careers. Despite its prevalent use — or perhaps because of it — there are many opportunities for users to fall victim to scams. In fact, three people — two of whom are from Florida — currently face multiple charges following an alleged scam on Twitter. Federal charges could follow.

The case involves accusations against a 17-year-old male who law enforcement officials have labeled the mastermind of an attack involving the Twitter cases of several people of prominence, including Elon Musk, Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Kanye West. The so-called attack reportedly targeted people across the United States.

The arrests followed an investigation in which various organizations took part, including the Secret Service, FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Investigators claimed that the defendants in the case promised that any Bitcoin donations would be doubled. Hundreds of people reportedly sent in thousands of dollars as a result of the messages. In addition to the two people charged from Florida, a third person from outside of the country is also facing charges.

Regardless of what the allegations are, when a crime occurs, there is an understandable demand for justice. When a case gains a great deal of media attention, such as when the social media accounts of prominent people are involved, law enforcement officers may be even more motivated to find someone on which to place blame, regardless of the evidence that supports their accusations. To help respond to federal charges, many people in Florida and across the country feel more confident with an experienced criminal defense attorney fighting on their behalf.