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

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 supplied some surprises when a lawyer revealed that {the teenager} was already beneath investigation final yr — after which the session was interrupted by members displaying porn.

Graham Ivan Clark’s legal professionals had been in the midst of asking a Florida decide to decrease their consumer’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 pictures 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 high of arguing for decrease bail, lawyer David Weisbrod advised Judge Christopher Nash in Tampa that his consumer 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 huge 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 primarily based on at this time’s Bitcoin worth of about $11,600 — as a part of an settlement beneath which he wasn’t prosecuted and admitted no wrongdoing, Weisbrod advised the court docket. 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, legal professionals for Clark mentioned in court docket 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, generally 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 power to tweet by way of textual content.

The investigation concerned the alleged theft of $1 million from California residents, Florida prosecutors mentioned in court docket 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 fees.

Prosecutor Darrell Dirks urged the decide to not budge on the bail, saying the loss could also be better 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 pressured to cancel the listening to due to the porn bombs. In the tip, 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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