More than Tsh bill.1 to pay compensation and 77 years in prison for hacking: A British citizen who was extradited to New York from Spain last month has pleaded guilty to hacking and hacking, including the 2020 hack of the social networking site Twitter, the US Department of Justice said on Tuesday.
Joseph James O’Connor, 23, was charged in North Dakota and New York. The North Dakota case was transferred to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
O’Connor pleaded guilty to charges including conspiracy to commit money laundering fraud using his computer.
O’Connor, who was extradited to the United States on April 26, will also forfeit more than $794,000 equivalent to more than Tsh.1 bill and pay restitution to victims, prosecutors said. He faces up to 77 years in prison at the June 23 sentencing.
“O’Connor’s criminal actions were blatant and malicious, and his conduct affected the lives of many people. He abused, threatened, and extorted his victims, causing severe emotional harm,” Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite said in a statement.
Prosecutors said the schemes included gaining unauthorized access to social media accounts on Twitter in July 2020 as well as a TikTok account in August 2020. Along with his co-conspirators, O’Connor stole at least $794,000 in cash.
The July 2020 Twitter attack took down various verified accounts, including those of then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who now owns Twitter.
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