At least seven dead and more than 3 MILLION without power as Tropical Storm Isaias pummels Northeast

Tropical Storm Isaias has now killed at least seven people after leaving more than three million people across the United States without power. 

The weather system spawned tornadoes and dumped rain Tuesday along the East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people. Winds brought down a church steeple in Ocean City, New Jersey on Tuesday morning. 

Power outages also spread as trees fell, with more than 3.3 million customers losing electricity across multiple states as of 6:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, according to PowerOutage.US, which tracks utility reports. New Jersey had the most outages of any state, with more than 1.3 million.

Two people died when Isaias spun off a tornado that struck a North Carolina mobile home park. Authorities said two others were killed by falling trees toppled by the storm in Maryland and New York City. Before making landfall late Monday, Isaias killed two people in the Caribbean and battered the Bahamas before brushing past Florida. A Pennsylvania woman died after her car was swept into a creek. 

More than 18 hours after coming ashore, Isaias still had sustained top winds of 65 mph at 5pm EDT Tuesday. The storm’s center was about 20 miles west of Albany, New York.

As Isaias sped northward at 40 mph, the National Hurricane Center warned of flash flood threats in the New York’s Hudson River Valley and potential for minor to moderate river flooding elsewhere in the mid-Atlantic region.

Darby Creek floods its banks in Philadelphia: At least seven people were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias dumped rain Tuesday

Philadelphia firefighters drive through a flooded neighborhood during Tropical Storm Isaias: More than 18 hours after coming ashore, Isaias still had sustained top winds of 65 mph (105 kph) at 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday

Philadelphia firefighters drive through a flooded neighborhood during Tropical Storm Isaias: More than 18 hours after coming ashore, Isaias still had sustained top winds of 65 mph (105 kph) at 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday

In New York City, a massive tree fell and crushed a van in the Briarwood section of Queens, killing a man inside, police said

In New York City, a massive tree fell and crushed a van in the Briarwood section of Queens, killing a man inside, police said

Winds brought down a church steeple in Ocean City, New Jersey on Tuesday morning

Winds brought down a church steeple in Ocean City, New Jersey on Tuesday morning

Winds brought down a church steeple in Ocean City, New Jersey on Tuesday morning

Two people died after a tornado demolished several mobile homes in Windsor, North Carolina. Emergency responders finished searching the wreckage Tuesday afternoon. They found no other casualties, and several people initially feared missing had all been accounted for, said Ron Wesson, chairman of the Bertie County Board of Commissioners. He said about 12 people were hospitalized.

Sharee and Jeffrey Stilwell took shelter in their living room about 1:30am Tuesday as the tornado tore through Windsor. Sharee Stillwell said their home shook ‘like a freight train.’

‘I felt like the house was going to cave in,’ said Jeffrey Stillwell, 65, though once the storm passed, the couple found only a few damaged shingles and fallen tree branches in the yard.

The mobile home park less than two miles away wasn’t so fortunate. Aerial video by WRAL-TV showed fields of debris where rescue workers in brightly colored shirts picked through splintered boards and other wreckage. Nearby, a vehicle was flipped onto its roof.

Attleboro, Mass: Heavy winds from Isaias which tracked to the western part of the state caused damage Tuesday

Attleboro, Mass: Heavy winds from Isaias which tracked to the western part of the state caused damage Tuesday

New York: he back window of a vehicle is damaged from the result of a fallen tree branch after Tropical Storm Isaias in Astoria

New York: he back window of a vehicle is damaged from the result of a fallen tree branch after Tropical Storm Isaias in Astoria

Philadelphia: A woman pushes a bike through a flooded neighborhood during Tropical Storm Isaias, Tuesday

Philadelphia: A woman pushes a bike through a flooded neighborhood during Tropical Storm Isaias, Tuesday

Philadelphia firefighters walk through a flooded neighborhood after Tropical Storm Isaias moved through

Philadelphia firefighters walk through a flooded neighborhood after Tropical Storm Isaias moved through

‘It doesn’t look real; it looks like something on TV. Nothing is there,’ Bertie County Sheriff John Holley told reporters, saying 10 mobile homes had been destroyed. ‘All my officers are down there at this time. Pretty much the entire trailer park is gone.’

In New York City, a massive tree fell and crushed a van in the Briarwood section of Queens, killing Mario Siles, 60, inside, police said. Eyewitness Cristian Lopez told The New York Daily News: ‘There was a boom. The tree came down and crushed everything.

‘He was a contractor doing work for us. He was renovating an apartment on the six floor after the tenant moved out. He was working with his son, who went up to the apartment with some materials. He was waiting for him to come back down. He was out there maybe 20 minutes total.’ 

A woman in Mechanicsville, Maryland, died when a tree crashed onto her car during stormy conditions, said Cpl. Julie Yingling of the St. Mary’s County sheriff’s office.

Isaias toggled between hurricane and tropical storm strength as it churned toward the East Coast. Fueled by warm ocean waters, the storm got a late burst of strength as a rejuvenated hurricane with top sustained winds of 85 mph before coming ashore late Monday near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

Officials observe a van where a man died as it was damaged by a fallen tree as Tropical Storm Isaias moved past NYC Tuesday

Officials observe a van where a man died as it was damaged by a fallen tree as Tropical Storm Isaias moved past NYC Tuesday

Brooklyn: Isaias toggled between hurricane and tropical storm strength as it churned toward the East Coast

Brooklyn: Isaias toggled between hurricane and tropical storm strength as it churned toward the East Coast

Windsor, N.C.: A damaged truck sits amongst rubble caused by a suspected tornado that resulted from Tropical Storm Isaias in the early morning hours of Tuesday

Windsor, N.C.: A damaged truck sits amongst rubble caused by a suspected tornado that resulted from Tropical Storm Isaias in the early morning hours of Tuesday

Darien, Connecticut: Power outages also spread as trees fell, with more than 3.3 million customers losing electricity across multiple states as of 6:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, according to PowerOutage

Darien, Connecticut: Power outages also spread as trees fell, with more than 3.3 million customers losing electricity across multiple states as of 6:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, according to PowerOutage

Many homes flooded in Ocean Isle Beach, and at least five caught fire, Mayor Debbie Smith told WECT-TV. 

Tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. 

In Doylestown, Pennsylvania, officials said four children were treated for minor injuries after high winds partially tore the roof off a day care center. 

Also in the Philadelphia suburbs, rescue workers in Delaware County were searching for a young person who fell or jumped into the fast-moving water of a swollen creek, said Timothy Boyce, the county emergency services director.

Queens, New York: Fierce wind and rain forced the Staten Island ferry and outdoor subway lines to shut down

Queens, New York: Fierce wind and rain forced the Staten Island ferry and outdoor subway lines to shut down

Lower Manhattan, New York: A woman walks across water barriers overpass after tropical storm Isaias

Lower Manhattan, New York: A woman walks across water barriers overpass after tropical storm Isaias

Marmora, N.J: The New Jersey Turnpike banned car-pulled trailers and motorcycles

Marmora, N.J: The New Jersey Turnpike banned car-pulled trailers and motorcycles

Tropical Storm Isaias has killed two people in North Carolina after it tore through a mobile home park (pictured)

Tropical Storm Isaias has killed two people in North Carolina after it tore through a mobile home park (pictured)

A tornado is believed to have passed through the Cedar Landing community (pictured) of Bertie County overnight

A tornado is believed to have passed through the Cedar Landing community (pictured) of Bertie County overnight

In New York City, fierce wind and rain forced the Staten Island ferry and outdoor subway lines to shut down. The New Jersey Turnpike banned car-pulled trailers and motorcycles.

Some of the worst damage Tuesday seemed to be east and north of where the hurricane’s eye struck land in North Carolina.

‘Fortunately, this storm was fast-moving and has already left our state,’ Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday afternoon.

In North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the storm sent waves crashing over the Sea Cabin Pier late Monday, causing a big section to collapse into the water as startled bystanders taking photos from the pier scrambled back to land.

‘I’m shocked it’s still standing,’ said Dean Burris, who watched from the balcony of a vacation rental.

Trees were uprooted by the storm as it hit NYC Tuesday afternoon. This photo shows trees crushing cars in Queens, New York

Trees were uprooted by the storm as it hit NYC Tuesday afternoon. This photo shows trees crushing cars in Queens, New York 

Firefighters responded to the scene in Brooklyn, Tuesday afternoon after receiving reports of a collapsed building

Firefighters responded to the scene in Brooklyn, Tuesday afternoon after receiving reports of a collapsed building

The Hurricane Center had warned oceanside dwellers near the North Carolina-South Carolina state line to brace for storm surge up to five feet and up to eight inches of rain.

Eileen and David Hubler were out early Tuesday cleaning up in North Myrtle Beach, where four feet of storm surge flooded cars, unhinged docks and etched a water line into the side of their home.

‘When the water started coming, it did not stop,’ Eileen Hubler said. They had moved most items of value to their second floor, but a mattress and washing machine were unexpected storm casualties.

‘We keep thinking we’ve learned our lesson,’ she said. ‘And each time there’s a hurricane, we learn a new lesson.’ 

At least seven dead and more than 3 MILLION without power as Tropical Storm Isaias pummels Northeast

Tropical Storm Isaias has now killed at least seven people after leaving more than three million people across the United States without power. 

The weather system spawned tornadoes and dumped rain Tuesday along the East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people. Winds brought down a church steeple in Ocean City, New Jersey on Tuesday morning. 

Power outages also spread as trees fell, with more than 3.3 million customers losing electricity across multiple states as of 6:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, according to PowerOutage.US, which tracks utility reports. New Jersey had the most outages of any state, with more than 1.3 million.

Two people died when Isaias spun off a tornado that struck a North Carolina mobile home park. Authorities said two others were killed by falling trees toppled by the storm in Maryland and New York City. Before making landfall late Monday, Isaias killed two people in the Caribbean and battered the Bahamas before brushing past Florida. A Pennsylvania woman died after her car was swept into a creek. 

More than 18 hours after coming ashore, Isaias still had sustained top winds of 65 mph at 5pm EDT Tuesday. The storm’s center was about 20 miles west of Albany, New York.

As Isaias sped northward at 40 mph, the National Hurricane Center warned of flash flood threats in the New York’s Hudson River Valley and potential for minor to moderate river flooding elsewhere in the mid-Atlantic region.

Darby Creek floods its banks in Philadelphia: At least seven people were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias dumped rain Tuesday

Philadelphia firefighters drive through a flooded neighborhood during Tropical Storm Isaias: More than 18 hours after coming ashore, Isaias still had sustained top winds of 65 mph (105 kph) at 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday

Philadelphia firefighters drive through a flooded neighborhood during Tropical Storm Isaias: More than 18 hours after coming ashore, Isaias still had sustained top winds of 65 mph (105 kph) at 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday

In New York City, a massive tree fell and crushed a van in the Briarwood section of Queens, killing a man inside, police said

In New York City, a massive tree fell and crushed a van in the Briarwood section of Queens, killing a man inside, police said

Winds brought down a church steeple in Ocean City, New Jersey on Tuesday morning

Winds brought down a church steeple in Ocean City, New Jersey on Tuesday morning

Winds brought down a church steeple in Ocean City, New Jersey on Tuesday morning

Two people died after a tornado demolished several mobile homes in Windsor, North Carolina. Emergency responders finished searching the wreckage Tuesday afternoon. They found no other casualties, and several people initially feared missing had all been accounted for, said Ron Wesson, chairman of the Bertie County Board of Commissioners. He said about 12 people were hospitalized.

Sharee and Jeffrey Stilwell took shelter in their living room about 1:30am Tuesday as the tornado tore through Windsor. Sharee Stillwell said their home shook ‘like a freight train.’

‘I felt like the house was going to cave in,’ said Jeffrey Stillwell, 65, though once the storm passed, the couple found only a few damaged shingles and fallen tree branches in the yard.

The mobile home park less than two miles away wasn’t so fortunate. Aerial video by WRAL-TV showed fields of debris where rescue workers in brightly colored shirts picked through splintered boards and other wreckage. Nearby, a vehicle was flipped onto its roof.

Attleboro, Mass: Heavy winds from Isaias which tracked to the western part of the state caused damage Tuesday

Attleboro, Mass: Heavy winds from Isaias which tracked to the western part of the state caused damage Tuesday

New York: he back window of a vehicle is damaged from the result of a fallen tree branch after Tropical Storm Isaias in Astoria

New York: he back window of a vehicle is damaged from the result of a fallen tree branch after Tropical Storm Isaias in Astoria

Philadelphia: A woman pushes a bike through a flooded neighborhood during Tropical Storm Isaias, Tuesday

Philadelphia: A woman pushes a bike through a flooded neighborhood during Tropical Storm Isaias, Tuesday

Philadelphia firefighters walk through a flooded neighborhood after Tropical Storm Isaias moved through

Philadelphia firefighters walk through a flooded neighborhood after Tropical Storm Isaias moved through

‘It doesn’t look real; it looks like something on TV. Nothing is there,’ Bertie County Sheriff John Holley told reporters, saying 10 mobile homes had been destroyed. ‘All my officers are down there at this time. Pretty much the entire trailer park is gone.’

In New York City, a massive tree fell and crushed a van in the Briarwood section of Queens, killing Mario Siles, 60, inside, police said. Eyewitness Cristian Lopez told The New York Daily News: ‘There was a boom. The tree came down and crushed everything.

‘He was a contractor doing work for us. He was renovating an apartment on the six floor after the tenant moved out. He was working with his son, who went up to the apartment with some materials. He was waiting for him to come back down. He was out there maybe 20 minutes total.’ 

A woman in Mechanicsville, Maryland, died when a tree crashed onto her car during stormy conditions, said Cpl. Julie Yingling of the St. Mary’s County sheriff’s office.

Isaias toggled between hurricane and tropical storm strength as it churned toward the East Coast. Fueled by warm ocean waters, the storm got a late burst of strength as a rejuvenated hurricane with top sustained winds of 85 mph before coming ashore late Monday near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

Officials observe a van where a man died as it was damaged by a fallen tree as Tropical Storm Isaias moved past NYC Tuesday

Officials observe a van where a man died as it was damaged by a fallen tree as Tropical Storm Isaias moved past NYC Tuesday

Brooklyn: Isaias toggled between hurricane and tropical storm strength as it churned toward the East Coast

Brooklyn: Isaias toggled between hurricane and tropical storm strength as it churned toward the East Coast

Windsor, N.C.: A damaged truck sits amongst rubble caused by a suspected tornado that resulted from Tropical Storm Isaias in the early morning hours of Tuesday

Windsor, N.C.: A damaged truck sits amongst rubble caused by a suspected tornado that resulted from Tropical Storm Isaias in the early morning hours of Tuesday

Darien, Connecticut: Power outages also spread as trees fell, with more than 3.3 million customers losing electricity across multiple states as of 6:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, according to PowerOutage

Darien, Connecticut: Power outages also spread as trees fell, with more than 3.3 million customers losing electricity across multiple states as of 6:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, according to PowerOutage

Many homes flooded in Ocean Isle Beach, and at least five caught fire, Mayor Debbie Smith told WECT-TV. 

Tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. 

In Doylestown, Pennsylvania, officials said four children were treated for minor injuries after high winds partially tore the roof off a day care center. 

Also in the Philadelphia suburbs, rescue workers in Delaware County were searching for a young person who fell or jumped into the fast-moving water of a swollen creek, said Timothy Boyce, the county emergency services director.

Queens, New York: Fierce wind and rain forced the Staten Island ferry and outdoor subway lines to shut down

Queens, New York: Fierce wind and rain forced the Staten Island ferry and outdoor subway lines to shut down

Lower Manhattan, New York: A woman walks across water barriers overpass after tropical storm Isaias

Lower Manhattan, New York: A woman walks across water barriers overpass after tropical storm Isaias

Marmora, N.J: The New Jersey Turnpike banned car-pulled trailers and motorcycles

Marmora, N.J: The New Jersey Turnpike banned car-pulled trailers and motorcycles

Tropical Storm Isaias has killed two people in North Carolina after it tore through a mobile home park (pictured)

Tropical Storm Isaias has killed two people in North Carolina after it tore through a mobile home park (pictured)

A tornado is believed to have passed through the Cedar Landing community (pictured) of Bertie County overnight

A tornado is believed to have passed through the Cedar Landing community (pictured) of Bertie County overnight

In New York City, fierce wind and rain forced the Staten Island ferry and outdoor subway lines to shut down. The New Jersey Turnpike banned car-pulled trailers and motorcycles.

Some of the worst damage Tuesday seemed to be east and north of where the hurricane’s eye struck land in North Carolina.

‘Fortunately, this storm was fast-moving and has already left our state,’ Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday afternoon.

In North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the storm sent waves crashing over the Sea Cabin Pier late Monday, causing a big section to collapse into the water as startled bystanders taking photos from the pier scrambled back to land.

‘I’m shocked it’s still standing,’ said Dean Burris, who watched from the balcony of a vacation rental.

Trees were uprooted by the storm as it hit NYC Tuesday afternoon. This photo shows trees crushing cars in Queens, New York

Trees were uprooted by the storm as it hit NYC Tuesday afternoon. This photo shows trees crushing cars in Queens, New York 

Firefighters responded to the scene in Brooklyn, Tuesday afternoon after receiving reports of a collapsed building

Firefighters responded to the scene in Brooklyn, Tuesday afternoon after receiving reports of a collapsed building

The Hurricane Center had warned oceanside dwellers near the North Carolina-South Carolina state line to brace for storm surge up to five feet and up to eight inches of rain.

Eileen and David Hubler were out early Tuesday cleaning up in North Myrtle Beach, where four feet of storm surge flooded cars, unhinged docks and etched a water line into the side of their home.

‘When the water started coming, it did not stop,’ Eileen Hubler said. They had moved most items of value to their second floor, but a mattress and washing machine were unexpected storm casualties.

‘We keep thinking we’ve learned our lesson,’ she said. ‘And each time there’s a hurricane, we learn a new lesson.’ 

Florida home where Edward Scissorhands was filmed hits the market for $224K

The Tim Burton directed fantasy romance movie Edward Scissorhands starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder was filmed in the town of Lutz in the Tampa Bay area of Florida in 1989.

And 31 years after filming wrapped, the home that was used for the interior and exterior shots for the Boggs family is on the market.

The 1,432 square home, featuring three bedrooms and two bathrooms, has been listed for $224,000, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

On sale now: The Tim Burton directed fantasy romance movie Edward Scissorhands starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder was filmed in the town of Lutz in the Tampa Bay area of Florida in 1989. And 31 years after filming wrapped, the home that was used for the interior and exterior shots for the Boggs family is on the market

The home is located in a subdivision called Carpenters Run in the town of Lutz in the Tampa Bay area, listed by Stacie Savoy of Berkshire Hathaway Florida Properties Group.

The corner lot home served as the home for the Boggs family, and where Edward Scissorhands, played by Johnny Depp stays as a house guest.

It starred Winona Ryder as Edward’s love interest Kim Boggs, as well as Dianne Wiest Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price and Alan Arkin; The movie Edward Scissorhands hit theaters on December 6, 1990. 

It began filming at the home just months after it was built. 

Throwback: The corner lot home served as the home for the Boggs family, and where Edward Scissorhands, played by Johnny Depp stays as a house guest; Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder pictured in an Edward Scissorhands film

Throwback: The corner lot home served as the home for the Boggs family, and where Edward Scissorhands, played by Johnny Depp stays as a house guest; Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder pictured in an Edward Scissorhands film

In character: It starred Winona Ryder as Edward's love interest Kim Boggs, as well as Dianne Wiest Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price and Alan Arkin; The movie Edward Scissorhands hit theaters on December 6, 1990

In character: It starred Winona Ryder as Edward’s love interest Kim Boggs, as well as Dianne Wiest Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price and Alan Arkin; The movie Edward Scissorhands hit theaters on December 6, 1990

The home features three bedrooms with two full baths, with the master bedroom full remodeled, complete with a walk in closet.

The three bedrooms features new flooring as well as updated insulated windows throughout the entire home.

The kitchen features the original counter tops and cabinets; the living room also has high ceilings for a spacious touch.

Wow: The home features the original cabinets and counter tops in the kitchen

Wow: The home features the original cabinets and counter tops in the kitchen

Details: The kitchen also has a large fridge, dishwasher and oven with a stovetop accent

Details: The kitchen also has a large fridge, dishwasher and oven with a stovetop accent

Inside: The home features three bedrooms with two full baths, with the master bedroom full remodeled, complete with a walk in closet

Inside: The home features three bedrooms with two full baths, with the master bedroom full remodeled, complete with a walk in closet

The community has a pool, playground, basketball courts, tennis court and courthouse; the home is near the Wiregrass Mall, Tampa Premium Outlets, restaurants and minutes from I-75.

Edward Scissorhands earned over $56 million in the US and over $30 million, with a total $86 million.

The film was produced by Denise Di Novi and Tim Burton.

Views: The three bedrooms features new flooring as well as updated insulated windows throughout the entire home

Views: The three bedrooms features new flooring as well as updated insulated windows throughout the entire home

Wow: The community has a pool, playground, basketball courts, tennis court and courthouse; the home is near the Wiregrass Mall, Tampa Premium Outlets, restaurants and minutes from I-75

Wow: The community has a pool, playground, basketball courts, tennis court and courthouse; the home is near the Wiregrass Mall, Tampa Premium Outlets, restaurants and minutes from I-75

The 1,432 square home, featuring three bedrooms and two bathrooms

has been listed for $224,000, according to the Tampa Bay Times

Lovely: The 1,432 square home, featuring three bedrooms and two bathrooms, has been listed for $224,000, according to the Tampa Bay Times

Home sweet home: The home is located in a subdivision called Carpenters Run in the town of Lutz in the Tampa Bay area, listed by Stacie Savoy of Berkshire Hathaway Florida Properties Group

Home sweet home: The home is located in a subdivision called Carpenters Run in the town of Lutz in the Tampa Bay area, listed by Stacie Savoy of Berkshire Hathaway Florida Properties Group

In character: Edward Scissorhands earned over $56 million in the US and over $30 million, with a total $86 million; pictured Johnny Depp and Dianne West in the movie

In character: Edward Scissorhands earned over $56 million in the US and over $30 million, with a total $86 million; pictured Johnny Depp and Dianne West in the movie

Twitter ‘hackers’ were taken down by rival gang who ‘shared database of their usernames and chats’

A group of hackers who reportedly acessed the Twitter accounts of celebrities, were taken down by rival gang who shared a database of their usernames and messages, which led to their arrests by the FBI. 

Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested Friday in Tampa. Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Florida; and Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, U.K. have also been charged in relation to the hack, which took place on July 15. 

The scheme commandeered Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls and scammed people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. It also saw the men allegedly make thousands by selling people’s usernames. 

The young men were finally caught thanks to a rival group of hackers who had shared a database full of their usernames and private messages, leading the FBI to the three men, Wired reports.     

That information was shared at the beginning at April and acquired by the FBI on April 9. 

The data gathered from that showed Bitcoin addresses and IP addresses which law enforcement are said to have used to trace the three men arrested. 

Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, West Sussex, was charged with hacking Twitter and stealing thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin

Graham Ivan Clark, 17, left, was arrested Friday in Tampa. Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Florida; and Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, U.K., right, have also been charged in relation to the hack, which took place on July 15

The hack is said to have begun with a Discord message from user Kirk#5270, who wrote: ‘I work for Twitter. I can claim any name, let me know if you’re trying to work.’

Another user, who went by the names of Ever so anxious#0001 and Chaewon, then lined up buyers for Twitter handles including an offer of $5,000 for the handle @xx. A third, Rolex#0373, then joined in, offering sought-after account names for $2,500 upwards. 

Fazeli is thought to be Rolex, Sheppard is Chaewon. Clark is not identified as Kirk#5270 in court documents but is accused of being the mastermind. 

Hillsborough state attorney Andrew Warren said: ‘He gained access to Twitter accounts and to the internal controls of Twitter through compromising a Twitter employee. He sold access to those accounts. 

‘He then used the identities of prominent people to solicit money in the form of bitcoin, promising in return that he would send back twice as much bitcoin.’

Clark will be prosecuted as an adult. He faces 30 felony charges. Sheppard and Fazeli were charged separately in California federal court.

In one of the most high-profile security breaches in recent years, bogus tweets were sent out on July 15 from the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. 

Celebrities Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, were also hacked.

The tweets offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin address. The hack alarmed security experts because of the grave potential of such an intrusion for creating geopolitical mayhem with disinformation.

A total of 130 accounts were targeted.  

The scheme commandeered Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls and scammed people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin

The scheme commandeered Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls and scammed people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin

In one of the most high-profile security breaches in recent years, bogus tweets were sent out on July 15 from the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk

In one of the most high-profile security breaches in recent years, bogus tweets were sent out on July 15 from the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Court papers in the California cases say Fazeli and Sheppard brokered the sale of Twitter accounts stolen by a hacker who identified himself as ‘Kirk’ and said he could ‘reset, swap and control any Twitter account at will’ in exchange for cybercurrency payments, claiming to be a Twitter employee.

How the hacker’s ‘sloppy’ work covering their tracks made them easy to track 

The FBI were able to track down three hackers who pulled off the largest Twitter breach in history because they were ‘extremely sloppy’ with how they moved their Bitcoin transactions around.

Authorities were able to obtain data about the Bitcoin addresses involved in the hack by analyzing blockchain – a ledger that records cryptocurrency transactions. 

They then traced the addresses to Coinbase – a digital currency exchange that stores Bitcoin. 

Both Fazeli and Sheppard had registered and verified their Coinbase accounts with their real driver’s licences, according to ZNET.  

Fazeli also used his home IP address, meaning investigators were able to easily trace his location. 

Furthermore, the alleged hackers did not move around the Bitcoin funds they received in a bid to throw detectives off the trail.  Such an act is known as ‘tumbling’, and is the digital equivalent of money laundering. 

Cybersecurity expert Jake Williams told The Associated Press that their efforts were ‘sloppy’.   

Twitter has officially stated that the hacker – purported to be Clark- gained access to a company dashboard that manages accounts on July 15. 

He did this by using social engineering and spear-phishing smartphones to obtain credentials from ‘a small number’ of Twitter employees to break in to the internal systems. 

From there, the hackers targeted 130 accounts. They managed to tweet their bogus tweet from 45 prolific accounts. 

They also accessed the direct message inboxes of 36 others, and download the Twitter data from seven separate accounts. 

The documents do not specify Kirk’s real identity but say he is a teen being prosecuted in the Tampa area.

Twitter has said the hacker gained access to a company dashboard that manages accounts by using social engineering and spear-phishing smartphones to obtain credentials from ‘a small number’ of Twitter employees ‘to gain access to our internal systems.’ Spear-phishing uses email or other messaging to deceive people into sharing access credentials.

‘There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence,’ U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson for the Northern District of California said in a news release.

The evidence suggests, however, that those responsible did a poor job indeed of covering their tracks. The court documents released Friday show how federal agents tracked the hackers through Bitcoin transactions and by obtaining records of their online chats.

Although the case was investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said his office is prosecuting Clark in state court because Florida law allows minors to be charged as adults in financial fraud cases when appropriate. He called Clark the leader of the hacking scam.

‘This defendant lives here in Tampa, he committed the crime here, and he’ll be prosecuted here,’ Warren said.

Security experts were not surprised that the alleged mastermind is a 17-year-old, given the relatively amateurish nature of both the operation and how participants discussed it with New York Times reporters afterward.

‘This is a great case study showing how technology democratizes the ability to commit serious criminal acts,’ said Jake Williams, founder of the cybersecurity firm Rendition Infosec. ‘There wasn’t a ton of development that went into this attack.’

Williams said the hackers were ‘extremely sloppy’ in how they moved the Bitcoin around. It did not appear they used any services that make cryptocurrency difficult to trace by ‘tumbling’ transactions of multiple users, a technique akin to money laundering, he said.

He also said he was conflicted about whether Clark should be charged as an adult.

‘He definitely deserves to pay (for jumping on the opportunity) but potentially serving decades in prison doesn’t seem like justice in this case,’ Williams said.

The hack targeted 130 accounts with tweets being sent from 45 accounts, obtained access to the direct message inboxes of 36, and downloaded Twitter data from seven. Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders has said his inbox was among those accessed.

Court papers suggest Fazeli and Sheppard got involved in the scheme after Clark dangled the possibility of obtaining so-called OG Twitter handles, short account names that due to their brevity are highly prized and considered status symbols in a certain milieu. They said Sheppard purchased @anxious and Faceli wanted @foreign.

Internal Revenue Service investigators in Washington, D.C., identified two of the defendants by analyzing Bitcoin transactions on the blockchain — the universal ledger that records Bitcoin transactions — that they had sought to make anonymous, federal prosecutors said.

The tweets offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin address. The hack alarmed security experts because of the grave potential of such an intrusion for creating geopolitical mayhem with disinformation. Obama's account was hacked

The tweets offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin address. The hack alarmed security experts because of the grave potential of such an intrusion for creating geopolitical mayhem with disinformation. Obama’s account was hacked 

Celebrities Kanye West, pictured, and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, were also hacked

Celebrities Kanye West, pictured, and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, were also hacked

Marcus Hutchins, the 26-year-old British cybersecurity expert credited with helping stop the WannaCry computer virus in 2017, said the skillset involved in the actual hack was nothing special.

‘I think people underestimate the level of experience needed to pull off these kinds of hacks. They may sound extremely sophisticated, but the techniques can be replicated by teens,’ added Hutchins, who pleaded guilty last year to creating malware designed to steal banking information and just completed a year’s supervised release.

British cybersecurity analyst Graham Cluley said his guess was that the targeted Twitter employees got a message to call what they thought was an authorized help desk and were persuaded by the hacker to provide their credentials. It’s also possible the hackers got a call from the company’s legitimate help line by spoofing the number, he said.

Fazeli’s father said Friday he hasn’t been able to talk to his son since Thursday.

‘I’m 100% sure my son is innocent,’ Mohamad Fazeli said. ‘He’s a very good person, very honest, very smart and loyal.’

‘We are as shocked as everybody else,’ he said by phone. ‘I’m sure this is a mix up.’

Attempts to reach relatives of the other two weren’t immediately successful. Hillsborough County court records didn’t list an attorney for Clark, and federal court records didn’t list attorneys for Sheppard or Fazeli.

Twitter ‘hackers’ were taken down by rival gang who ‘shared database of their usernames and chats’

A group of hackers who reportedly acessed the Twitter accounts of celebrities, were taken down by rival gang who shared a database of their usernames and messages, which led to their arrests by the FBI. 

Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested Friday in Tampa. Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Florida; and Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, U.K. have also been charged in relation to the hack, which took place on July 15. 

The scheme commandeered Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls and scammed people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. It also saw the men allegedly make thousands by selling people’s usernames. 

The young men were finally caught thanks to a rival group of hackers who had shared a database full of their usernames and private messages, leading the FBI to the three men, Wired reports.     

That information was shared at the beginning at April and acquired by the FBI on April 9. 

The data gathered from that showed Bitcoin addresses and IP addresses which law enforcement are said to have used to trace the three men arrested. 

Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, West Sussex, was charged with hacking Twitter and stealing thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin

Graham Ivan Clark, 17, left, was arrested Friday in Tampa. Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Florida; and Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, U.K., right, have also been charged in relation to the hack, which took place on July 15

The hack is said to have begun with a Discord message from user Kirk#5270, who wrote: ‘I work for Twitter. I can claim any name, let me know if you’re trying to work.’

Another user, who went by the names of Ever so anxious#0001 and Chaewon, then lined up buyers for Twitter handles including an offer of $5,000 for the handle @xx. A third, Rolex#0373, then joined in, offering sought-after account names for $2,500 upwards. 

Fazeli is thought to be Rolex, Sheppard is Chaewon. Clark is not identified as Kirk#5270 in court documents but is accused of being the mastermind. 

Hillsborough state attorney Andrew Warren said: ‘He gained access to Twitter accounts and to the internal controls of Twitter through compromising a Twitter employee. He sold access to those accounts. 

‘He then used the identities of prominent people to solicit money in the form of bitcoin, promising in return that he would send back twice as much bitcoin.’

Clark will be prosecuted as an adult. He faces 30 felony charges. Sheppard and Fazeli were charged separately in California federal court.

In one of the most high-profile security breaches in recent years, bogus tweets were sent out on July 15 from the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. 

Celebrities Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, were also hacked.

The tweets offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin address. The hack alarmed security experts because of the grave potential of such an intrusion for creating geopolitical mayhem with disinformation.

A total of 130 accounts were targeted.  

The scheme commandeered Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls and scammed people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin

The scheme commandeered Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls and scammed people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin

In one of the most high-profile security breaches in recent years, bogus tweets were sent out on July 15 from the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk

In one of the most high-profile security breaches in recent years, bogus tweets were sent out on July 15 from the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Court papers in the California cases say Fazeli and Sheppard brokered the sale of Twitter accounts stolen by a hacker who identified himself as ‘Kirk’ and said he could ‘reset, swap and control any Twitter account at will’ in exchange for cybercurrency payments, claiming to be a Twitter employee.

How the hacker’s ‘sloppy’ work covering their tracks made them easy to track 

The FBI were able to track down three hackers who pulled off the largest Twitter breach in history because they were ‘extremely sloppy’ with how they moved their Bitcoin transactions around.

Authorities were able to obtain data about the Bitcoin addresses involved in the hack by analyzing blockchain – a ledger that records cryptocurrency transactions. 

They then traced the addresses to Coinbase – a digital currency exchange that stores Bitcoin. 

Both Fazeli and Sheppard had registered and verified their Coinbase accounts with their real driver’s licences, according to ZNET.  

Fazeli also used his home IP address, meaning investigators were able to easily trace his location. 

Furthermore, the alleged hackers did not move around the Bitcoin funds they received in a bid to throw detectives off the trail.  Such an act is known as ‘tumbling’, and is the digital equivalent of money laundering. 

Cybersecurity expert Jake Williams told The Associated Press that their efforts were ‘sloppy’.   

Twitter has officially stated that the hacker – purported to be Clark- gained access to a company dashboard that manages accounts on July 15. 

He did this by using social engineering and spear-phishing smartphones to obtain credentials from ‘a small number’ of Twitter employees to break in to the internal systems. 

From there, the hackers targeted 130 accounts. They managed to tweet their bogus tweet from 45 prolific accounts. 

They also accessed the direct message inboxes of 36 others, and download the Twitter data from seven separate accounts. 

The documents do not specify Kirk’s real identity but say he is a teen being prosecuted in the Tampa area.

Twitter has said the hacker gained access to a company dashboard that manages accounts by using social engineering and spear-phishing smartphones to obtain credentials from ‘a small number’ of Twitter employees ‘to gain access to our internal systems.’ Spear-phishing uses email or other messaging to deceive people into sharing access credentials.

‘There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence,’ U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson for the Northern District of California said in a news release.

The evidence suggests, however, that those responsible did a poor job indeed of covering their tracks. The court documents released Friday show how federal agents tracked the hackers through Bitcoin transactions and by obtaining records of their online chats.

Although the case was investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said his office is prosecuting Clark in state court because Florida law allows minors to be charged as adults in financial fraud cases when appropriate. He called Clark the leader of the hacking scam.

‘This defendant lives here in Tampa, he committed the crime here, and he’ll be prosecuted here,’ Warren said.

Security experts were not surprised that the alleged mastermind is a 17-year-old, given the relatively amateurish nature of both the operation and how participants discussed it with New York Times reporters afterward.

‘This is a great case study showing how technology democratizes the ability to commit serious criminal acts,’ said Jake Williams, founder of the cybersecurity firm Rendition Infosec. ‘There wasn’t a ton of development that went into this attack.’

Williams said the hackers were ‘extremely sloppy’ in how they moved the Bitcoin around. It did not appear they used any services that make cryptocurrency difficult to trace by ‘tumbling’ transactions of multiple users, a technique akin to money laundering, he said.

He also said he was conflicted about whether Clark should be charged as an adult.

‘He definitely deserves to pay (for jumping on the opportunity) but potentially serving decades in prison doesn’t seem like justice in this case,’ Williams said.

The hack targeted 130 accounts with tweets being sent from 45 accounts, obtained access to the direct message inboxes of 36, and downloaded Twitter data from seven. Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders has said his inbox was among those accessed.

Court papers suggest Fazeli and Sheppard got involved in the scheme after Clark dangled the possibility of obtaining so-called OG Twitter handles, short account names that due to their brevity are highly prized and considered status symbols in a certain milieu. They said Sheppard purchased @anxious and Faceli wanted @foreign.

Internal Revenue Service investigators in Washington, D.C., identified two of the defendants by analyzing Bitcoin transactions on the blockchain — the universal ledger that records Bitcoin transactions — that they had sought to make anonymous, federal prosecutors said.

The tweets offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin address. The hack alarmed security experts because of the grave potential of such an intrusion for creating geopolitical mayhem with disinformation. Obama's account was hacked

The tweets offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin address. The hack alarmed security experts because of the grave potential of such an intrusion for creating geopolitical mayhem with disinformation. Obama’s account was hacked 

Celebrities Kanye West, pictured, and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, were also hacked

Celebrities Kanye West, pictured, and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, were also hacked

Marcus Hutchins, the 26-year-old British cybersecurity expert credited with helping stop the WannaCry computer virus in 2017, said the skillset involved in the actual hack was nothing special.

‘I think people underestimate the level of experience needed to pull off these kinds of hacks. They may sound extremely sophisticated, but the techniques can be replicated by teens,’ added Hutchins, who pleaded guilty last year to creating malware designed to steal banking information and just completed a year’s supervised release.

British cybersecurity analyst Graham Cluley said his guess was that the targeted Twitter employees got a message to call what they thought was an authorized help desk and were persuaded by the hacker to provide their credentials. It’s also possible the hackers got a call from the company’s legitimate help line by spoofing the number, he said.

Fazeli’s father said Friday he hasn’t been able to talk to his son since Thursday.

‘I’m 100% sure my son is innocent,’ Mohamad Fazeli said. ‘He’s a very good person, very honest, very smart and loyal.’

‘We are as shocked as everybody else,’ he said by phone. ‘I’m sure this is a mix up.’

Attempts to reach relatives of the other two weren’t immediately successful. Hillsborough County court records didn’t list an attorney for Clark, and federal court records didn’t list attorneys for Sheppard or Fazeli.

Luke Combs marries ‘best friend’ Nicole Hocking in intimate Florida ceremony: ‘Best day of my life’

Country singer Luke Combs marries fiancée and ‘best friend’ Nicole Hocking in intimate Florida ceremony: ‘Best day of my life’

Luke Combs and his longtime fiancée Nicole Hocking exchanged vows during an intimate ceremony, on Saturday in Florida. 

The bride and groom, who first began dating in 2016, looked blissful, as they wrapped their arms around each other for a series of loved-up wedding pictures at the beach. 

‘Yesterday was the best day of my life. I got to marry my best friend. I love you @nicohocking, here’s to forever,’ the 30-year-old country star captioned a snap of himself next to Hocking, who wore a dreamy off-the-shoulder white gown. 

‘Luke and Nicole were married at their home in southern Florida with family on Aug. 1,’ a rep confirmed to People. ‘Despite the threat of a hurricane, the couple had a lovely intimate ceremony and will be celebrating with friends and family in the new year.’ 

On Hocking’s Instagram, she also gushed about their ‘most special day’ and getting to ‘spend the rest’ of her life Combs. 

‘Although we wish would could have had every single one of our family & friends there, we can’t wait to celebrate with everyone next year!’ Hocking wore under a photo with her husband, who sported a navy jacket and khakis pants, laughing with a lavish bouquet in her right hand. 

Both images featured the pair standing in front of a glorious, pink-hued sunset with crashing waves behind them. 

Despite the storm warning, Hocking looked every inch the blushing bride as her long blonde hair cascaded past her shoulders.

As he gazed at his wife, Combs flashed a massive grin and garnered best wishes from his nearly three million followers in the comment section.    

‘Luke and Nicole were married at their home in southern Florida with family on Aug. 1,’ a rep confirmed to People on Sunday (seen April 2019)

In May, the lovebirds shared intimate details about their engagement and meeting through mutual friends on Couple Things with Shawn + Andrew. 

While initially maintaining a platonic relationship, sparks first flew when they both found themselves single at the 2016 Key West Songwriter’s Festival.

‘I didn’t have anything going on when we met,’ the superstar explained. ‘I didn’t have a record deal, or a publishing deal, anything.’ 

Friends first: While initially maintaining a platonic relationship, sparks began to fly when they both found themselves single at the 2016 Key West Songwriter's Festival (seen in November)

Friends first: While initially maintaining a platonic relationship, sparks began to fly when they both found themselves single at the 2016 Key West Songwriter’s Festival (seen in November)

As he hustled to jumpstart his career, Hocking worked seven days a week between two jobs. 

Eventually, she joined him on the road, so she didn’t ‘all those first moments’ and because Combs ‘would miss her not being there’ on tour. 

In fall 2018, he popped the question in their new kitchen, as they prepared to move from their Nashville apartment to their first house together. 

Making it work: Before joining him on tour, Hocking worked seven days a week between two jobs (pictured in 2018)

Making it work: Before joining him on tour, Hocking worked seven days a week between two jobs (pictured in 2018)

‘She said yes a while ago, but this is a way better place to take pictures than the kitchen,’ the Beautiful Crazy announced on Instagram with photos in Maui.   

In the snaps, he can be seen kissing her head, as she beams into the camera.   

‘You’re stuck with me forever,’ Hocking joked, as her man gushed that he couldn’t ‘wait to spend forever’ with her in his sweet Instagram caption.   

'You're stuck with me forever,' Hocking joked, as her man gushed that he couldn't 'wait to spend forever' with her in his sweet Instagram caption (seen in 2019)

‘You’re stuck with me forever,’ Hocking joked, as her man gushed that he couldn’t ‘wait to spend forever’ with her in his sweet Instagram caption (seen in 2019)

Florida man is filmed clinging to the hood of a semi truck driving down an interstate for NINE MILES

Florida man clings to the hood of a semi truck driving down an interstate for NINE MILES in insane video before troopers intercept vehicle

  • Man seen clinging to hood of a truck driving along Florida Turnpike on Saturday 
  • Semi tractor-trailer was heading northbound near Boynton Beach, Florida 
  • A bloodied man walked onto highway and asked truck driver to stop vehicle 
  • As truck stopped, he climbed onto hood and broke windshield with metal object
  • The driver, Edward Hughes, panicked and accelerated in effort to shake him off
  • But the man kept clinging to the hood as truck drove for some nine miles
  • Trooper intercepted truck and took the man to hospital for evaluation 

It looked like a scene from a Hollywood action flick. 

A bloodied motorist was filmed hanging on for dear life to the hood of a semi-trailer truck that was driving at high speed northbound on the Florida Turnpike near Boynton on Saturday afternoon.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, dispatchers were told that a white male was driving a Toyota SUV with a male passenger traveling southbound on the Turnpike.

The passenger told dispatchers that the driver started acting erratically and stopped the vehicle on the exit ramp to Boynton Beach.

A man is seen above hanging on to the hood of a semi tractor-trailer that was driving northbound on the Florida Turnpike near Boynton Beach on Saturday

The driver of the truck, Edward Hughes, said that the man shattered his windshield with a metal object while hanging on to the hood

The driver of the truck, Edward Hughes, said that the man shattered his windshield with a metal object while hanging on to the hood 

The truck drove for some nine miles while the man held onto the hood while attempting to shatter the windshield

The truck drove for some nine miles while the man held onto the hood while attempting to shatter the windshield

The driver then got out of the Toyota and started walking on the highway.

According to the FHP, the man hopped over the media concrete wall from the southbound side to the northbound side, causing traffic to slow down.

He then jumped on top of the hood of a semi tractor-trailer that was driving northbound.

Edward Hughes, the driver of the semi, told TMZ that the man appeared to have been bleeding and flagged for him to stop.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers intercepted the truck and transported the man to an area hospital for evaluation

Florida Highway Patrol troopers intercepted the truck and transported the man to an area hospital for evaluation

Hughes said he stopped the truck – only for the man to latch onto the hood and start bashing his windshield with a metal object.

Hughes said he panicked and pressed hard on the gas in an attempt to knock the man off the hood.  

Amateur video shot by another motorist on the Turnpike shows Hughes jerk the truck by accelerating and then pressing hard on the break in an effort to jar the man off of the hood.

Hughes also tried to weave in and out of lanes, but to no avail, as the man kept on stubbornly clinging to the windshield.

As Hughes kept driving, the man managed to break through the glass.

The man stayed on the hood of Hughes’ truck for about nine miles before FHP troopers managed to intercept the vehicle.

The troopers took the man into custody and drove him to Wellington Regional Hospital, where he was being evaluated on Saturday. 

How FBI tracked down the celebrity Twitter hackers: Cyber criminals were ‘extremely sloppy’

The FBI were able to track down three hackers who pulled off the largest Twitter breach in history because they were ‘extremely sloppy’ with how they moved their Bitcoin transactions around. 

Graham Ivan Clark, 17, of Tampa, Florida; Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Florida; and Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, U.K. have all be charged in relation to the hack, which took place on July 15. 

On that date, the men conspired to hijack Twitter accounts belonging to famous figures and companies – including Barack Obama, Kanye West and Uber -before they posted tweets asking for donations to a Bitcoin wallet.  

‘I am giving back to my community due to Covid-19. All Bitcoin sent to my address below will be sent back double. If you send $1,000, I will send back $2,000,’ the bogus tweets read. 

Authorities say that the hackers  netted more than $100,000 in Bitcoin through the illegal scheme.

But the youngsters were easily able to be traced when the FBI subsequently launched their investigation. 

Graham Ivan Clark, 17, of Tampa, Florida, is believed to be the mastermind of the July 15 Twitter hack 

Former US president Barack Obama, the most followed account on Twitter, was among the high-profile targets used to carry out the Bitcoin scam

Former US president Barack Obama, the most followed account on Twitter, was among the high-profile targets used to carry out the Bitcoin scam

Authorities were able to obtain data about the Bitcoin addresses involved in the hack by analyzing blockchain – a ledger that records cryptocurrency transactions. 

They then traced the addresses to Coinbase – a digital currency exchange that stores Bitcoin. 

Both Fazeli and Sheppard had registered and verified their Coinbase accounts with their real driver’s licences, according to ZNET.  

Fazeli also used his home IP address, meaning investigators were able to easily trace his location. 

Furthermore, the alleged hackers did not move around the Bitcoin funds they received in a bid to throw detectives off the trail.  Such an act is known as ‘tumbling’, and is the digital equivalent of money laundering. 

Cybersecurity expert Jake Williams told The Associated Press that their efforts were ‘sloppy’.  

‘This is a great case study showing how technology democratizes the ability to commit serious criminal acts,’ Williams stated. 

‘There wasn’t a ton of development that went into this attack.’ 

A British teenager has been charged with hacking the social media site Twitter and stealing thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin by taking over the accounts of celebrities and business leaders (file photo)

A British teenager has been charged with hacking the social media site Twitter and stealing thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin by taking over the accounts of celebrities and business leaders (file photo)

Fellow cybersecurity expert Marcus Hutchins concurred. 

‘I think people underestimate the level of experience needed to pull off these kinds of hacks. They may sound extremely sophisticated, but the techniques can be replicated by teens,’ he explained. 

Court papers suggest Fazeli and Sheppard only got involved in the scheme on a hacking chatroom after Clark dangled the possibility of taking over Twitter handles of short names such as  @anxious and @foreign. 

From there, that scam appears to have evolved into the full-scale hijacking of high-profile accounts. 

Investigators claim Clark, who only recently finished high school in Florida, was the mastermind of the entire episode. 

Twitter has officially stated that the hacker – purported to be Clark-  gained access to a company dashboard that manages accounts  on July 15.

He did this by using social engineering and spear-phishing smartphones to obtain credentials from ‘a small number’ of Twitter employees to break in to the internal systems. 

From there, the hackers targeted 130 accounts. They managed to tweet their bogus tweet from 45 prolific accounts. 

They also accessed the direct message inboxes of 36 others, and download the Twitter data from seven separate accoubts. 

Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders has said his inbox was among those accessed. 

All three alleged hackers will be tried separately. 

Twitter says hackers ‘manipulated’ employees to access 130 accounts 

Twitter said that hackers ‘manipulated’ some of its employees to access accounts.

More than $100,000 worth of the virtual currency was sent to email addresses mentioned in the tweets, according to Blockchain.com, which monitors crypto transactions.

‘We know that they accessed tools only available to our internal support teams to target 130 Twitter accounts,’ said a statement posted on Twitter’s blog.

For 45 of those accounts, the hackers were able to reset passwords, login and send tweets, it added, while the personal data of up to eight unverified users was downloaded.

Twitter locked down affected accounts and removed the fraudulent tweets. It also shut off accounts not affected by the hack as a precaution.

How FBI tracked down the celebrity Twitter hackers: Cyber criminals were ‘extremely sloppy’

The FBI were able to track down three hackers who pulled off the largest Twitter breach in history because they were ‘extremely sloppy’ with how they moved their Bitcoin transactions around. 

Graham Ivan Clark, 17, of Tampa, Florida; Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Florida; and Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, U.K. have all be charged in relation to the hack, which took place on July 15. 

On that date, the men conspired to hijack Twitter accounts belonging to famous figures and companies – including Barack Obama, Kanye West and Uber -before they posted tweets asking for donations to a Bitcoin wallet.  

‘I am giving back to my community due to Covid-19. All Bitcoin sent to my address below will be sent back double. If you send $1,000, I will send back $2,000,’ the bogus tweets read. 

Authorities say that the hackers  netted more than $100,000 in Bitcoin through the illegal scheme.

But the youngsters were easily able to be traced when the FBI subsequently launched their investigation. 

Graham Ivan Clark, 17, of Tampa, Florida, is believed to be the mastermind of the July 15 Twitter hack 

Former US president Barack Obama, the most followed account on Twitter, was among the high-profile targets used to carry out the Bitcoin scam

Former US president Barack Obama, the most followed account on Twitter, was among the high-profile targets used to carry out the Bitcoin scam

Authorities were able to obtain data about the Bitcoin addresses involved in the hack by analyzing blockchain – a ledger that records cryptocurrency transactions. 

They then traced the addresses to Coinbase – a digital currency exchange that stores Bitcoin. 

Both Fazeli and Sheppard had registered and verified their Coinbase accounts with their real driver’s licences, according to ZNET.  

Fazeli also used his home IP address, meaning investigators were able to easily trace his location. 

Furthermore, the alleged hackers did not move around the Bitcoin funds they received in a bid to throw detectives off the trail.  Such an act is known as ‘tumbling’, and is the digital equivalent of money laundering. 

Cybersecurity expert Jake Williams told The Associated Press that their efforts were ‘sloppy’.  

‘This is a great case study showing how technology democratizes the ability to commit serious criminal acts,’ Williams stated. 

‘There wasn’t a ton of development that went into this attack.’ 

A British teenager has been charged with hacking the social media site Twitter and stealing thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin by taking over the accounts of celebrities and business leaders (file photo)

A British teenager has been charged with hacking the social media site Twitter and stealing thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin by taking over the accounts of celebrities and business leaders (file photo)

Fellow cybersecurity expert Marcus Hutchins concurred. 

‘I think people underestimate the level of experience needed to pull off these kinds of hacks. They may sound extremely sophisticated, but the techniques can be replicated by teens,’ he explained. 

Court papers suggest Fazeli and Sheppard only got involved in the scheme on a hacking chatroom after Clark dangled the possibility of taking over Twitter handles of short names such as  @anxious and @foreign. 

From there, that scam appears to have evolved into the full-scale hijacking of high-profile accounts. 

Investigators claim Clark, who only recently finished high school in Florida, was the mastermind of the entire episode. 

Twitter has officially stated that the hacker – purported to be Clark-  gained access to a company dashboard that manages accounts  on July 15.

He did this by using social engineering and spear-phishing smartphones to obtain credentials from ‘a small number’ of Twitter employees to break in to the internal systems. 

From there, the hackers targeted 130 accounts. They managed to tweet their bogus tweet from 45 prolific accounts. 

They also accessed the direct message inboxes of 36 others, and download the Twitter data from seven separate accoubts. 

Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders has said his inbox was among those accessed. 

All three alleged hackers will be tried separately. 

Twitter says hackers ‘manipulated’ employees to access 130 accounts 

Twitter said that hackers ‘manipulated’ some of its employees to access accounts.

More than $100,000 worth of the virtual currency was sent to email addresses mentioned in the tweets, according to Blockchain.com, which monitors crypto transactions.

‘We know that they accessed tools only available to our internal support teams to target 130 Twitter accounts,’ said a statement posted on Twitter’s blog.

For 45 of those accounts, the hackers were able to reset passwords, login and send tweets, it added, while the personal data of up to eight unverified users was downloaded.

Twitter locked down affected accounts and removed the fraudulent tweets. It also shut off accounts not affected by the hack as a precaution.

Astronauts successfully depart ISS aboard SpaceX Dragon to head home before splashdown Sunday

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station on Saturday with two US astronauts on board, beginning their journey back to Earth despite a storm threatening Florida.

NASA footage showed the capsule drifting slowly away from the ISS in the darkness of space, closing out two months aboard for the first US astronauts to reach the orbiting lab on an American spacecraft in nearly a decade.

‘And they are off!’ the US space agency tweeted, with Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken set to splash down Sunday.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, shown here separating from the International Space Station, has begun its return journey to Earth

Separation confirmed: The Dragon capsules performs four departure burns to move away from the ISS. They are returning to earth with a rare splashdown scheduled for Sunday

Separation confirmed: The Dragon capsules performs four departure burns to move away from the ISS. They are returning to earth with a rare splashdown scheduled for Sunday

The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, left, before it undocks from the International Space Station

The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, left, before it undocks from the International Space Station

This photo provided by NASA shows, from left, front, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley during an interview on the International Space Station on Saturday

This photo provided by NASA shows, from left, front, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley during an interview on the International Space Station on Saturday

SpaceX broadcasts the return of the Dragon capsule's crew to Earth on Saturday in a webcast

SpaceX broadcasts the return of the Dragon capsule’s crew to Earth on Saturday in a webcast

NASA later added the capsule was confirmed to be ‘on a safe trajectory.’

“It’s been a great two months, and we appreciate all you’ve done as a crew to help us prove out Dragon on its maiden flight,” Hurley told the remaining U.S. station crew member Chris Cassidy, as Crew Dragon autonomously eased away from its docking port to begin the 21-hour journey home. 

Their proposed splash-down sites are off the coast of western Florida’s panhandle, while tropical storm Isaias is headed toward the state’s east coast.

NASA opted to go ahead with bringing the pair home despite the threat of Isaias, which was downgraded to a tropical storm from a hurricane on Saturday.

This NASA video frame grab image shows SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft with NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken watching an infrared view of the ISS on their screens after undocking from it

This NASA video frame grab image shows SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft with NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken watching an infrared view of the ISS on their screens after undocking from it

‘Now is the entry, descent and splashdown phase after we undock, hopefully a little bit later today,’ Hurley said in a farewell ceremony aboard the ISS that was broadcast on NASA TV.

On entering the Earth’s atmosphere, the Crew Dragon will face scorching temperatures of around 1,900C as it deploys parachutes to slow its speed down to around 119 miles per hour, before landing on the ocean.

The splashdown is the final step in the mission designed to test SpaceX’s human spaceflight system – including launch, docking, splashdown, and recovery operations. 

The last time astronauts made an ocean landing was on July 1975 during an Apollo mission. 

‘The teams are working really hard, especially with the dynamics of the weather over the next few days around Florida,’ he said.

Earlier, during the ISS ceremony, Behnken said that ‘the hardest part was getting us launched. But the most important part is bringing us home.’

Addressing his son and Hurley’s son, he held up a toy dinosaur that the children chose to send on the mission and said: ‘Tremor The Apatosaurus is headed home soon and he’ll be with your dads.’

Behnken later tweeted: ‘All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go.’

Mission chief Chris Cassidy called it an ‘exciting day’ and hailed the importance of having a new means to transport astronauts.

Bob Behnken (r) and Doug Hurley (l) blasted off from Cape Canaveral on May 30 on board a SpaceX Crew Dragon, and are supposed to splash down off the coast of Florida on Sunday

Bob Behnken (r) and Doug Hurley (l) blasted off from Cape Canaveral on May 30 on board a SpaceX Crew Dragon, and are supposed to splash down off the coast of Florida on Sunday

The mission, which blasted off May 30, marked the first time a crewed spaceship had launched into orbit from American soil since 2011 when the space shuttle program ended.

It was also the first time a private company has flown to the ISS carrying astronauts. 

The US has paid SpaceX and aerospace giant Boeing a total of about $7 billion for their ‘space taxi’ contracts.

But Boeing’s program has floundered badly after a failed test run late last year, which left SpaceX, a company founded only in 2002, as clear frontrunner.

For the past nine years, US astronauts traveled exclusively on Russian Soyuz rockets, for a price of around $80 million per seat.

The Falcon 9 rocket was pictured carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft on May 30

The Falcon 9 rocket was pictured carrying the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft on May 30