Arrested in Estepona for hacking the accounts of Biden, Obama and Bill Gates, among hundreds of others

An operation of the Cybercrime unit of the National Police, in collaboration with the FBI, has ended with the arrest of a man who had come to to hack 130 Twitter accounts, including those of personalities as relevant as the current president of the United States, Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, or Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

It is about a British citizen who the agents had been following the track for more than a year. They hold you responsible for an alleged illegitimate intrusion into those accounts. He is accused of the crimes of cyber threats, cyber extortion and cyberbullying.

The investigation in Spain began in April 2020 when the agents learned of the existence of a group of cybercriminals dedicated to committing scams on the network. It was the FBI Attaché Office in Madrid that informed the National Police that they were investigating this criminal group in which, in addition, an individual of British origin was allegedly implicated.

The detainee Joseph O’Connor, “is accused of computer intrusions related to the taking of user accounts of TikTok and Snapchat. O’Connor is also charged with cyberbullying of an underage victim“He lived in Marbella, and the United States authorities considered his location relevant.

With the progress of the investigation, the FBI communicated to the police the relationship between the arrested person and the illegitimate intrusion in 130 Twitter accounts, including those of these distinguished personalities.

Other social networks

They also reported that this individual had compromised accounts of important personalities in other well-known social networks.

On the other hand, the person under investigation is accused of two crimes against public order; specifically, to commit swatting. This dangerous criminal modality consists of deceiving the emergency services, giving a false notice that there is a serious incident taking place at the home of the victims and requiring a rapid response and intervention by the elite units of the US police (SWAT).

The swating it is generally used as revenge and has caused numerous deaths in the United States, since it endangers victims, police and the community in general, keeping emergency services away from real incidents.

After several police procedures, the agents detected the residence of the investigated, located in an urbanization of the Malaga municipality of Estepona. For this reason, they launched a device -which included the participation of two agents from the FBI Office in San Francisco and one from its Attaché in Spain- that allowed his arrest -as well as the search of his home- this past Wednesday. .

As a result of the search, the police intervened two computers and a mobile phone for further study, since the hot analysis did not allow obtaining relevant information due to having recently reconfigured the devices.


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