17-year-old Tampa Florida resident, Graham Ivan Clark, was arrested this morning on 30 felony counts for allegedly masterminding the widespread Twitter hacking on July 15 – resulting in limited access to the account holders. The hacks affected prominent political figures Barack Obama and Joe Biden as well as Elon Musk, Bill Gates and other high-profile users, including some of the most famous, wealthy and influential people and companies in the world. Andrew Warren, a State Attorney for the county of Hillsborough, issued a statement saying his office will prosecute the case, since Florida laws grant more flexibility for charging a minor as an adult than federal laws allow. He further stated, the Justice Department and FBI will continue partnering with his office during the prosecution. Several others, older than Clark, have also been arrested. The charges include stolen identities, scamming, and posting as the users to extort over $100,000 from at least 30 victims.
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