How the FBI tracked down the Twitter hackers

After earlier today US law enforcement charged three individuals for the recent Twitter hack, with the help of court documents released by the DOJ, ZDNet was able to piece together a timeline of the hack, and how US investigators tracked down the three suspected hackers.

The article below uses data from three indictments published today by the DOJ against:

  • Mason Sheppard, aka “Chaewon,” 19, of Bognor Regis, in the United Kingdom [indictment].
  • Nima Fazeli, aka “Rolex,” 22, of Orlando, Florida [indictment].
  • Graham Ivan Clark, believed to be “Kirk,” 17 of Tampa, Florida [indictment, courtesy of Motherboard].

According to court documents, the entire hack appears to have begun on May 3, when Clark, a teen from Tampa, but living in California, gained access to a portion of Twitter’s network.

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Source: ZDNet