Briefing

Three charged in Twitter hack, including teens in Florida and the U.K.

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Seventeen-year-old Graham Clark of Tampa faces 30 felony charges for “scamming people across America” in the security breach, which saw the accounts of high-profile users like Elon Musk and Kim Kardashian used to solicit Bitcoin contributions from their followers. Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis in the U.K. and Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Fla., were also charged(The Logic, WFLA)

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Talking point: The scheme, which allegedly netted more than US$100,000 in a single day, was the result of a successful “spear-phishing” effort, Twitter revealed Thursday. The company’s statement suggests a hacker or hackers called a selection of Twitter employees, likely posing as a colleague and convincing them to reveal their logins and passwords for the social media platform’s internal systems. The hack breathed new life into worries about Twitter’s data-security practices.