Twitter hacking suspect to be held in Spain

Twitter hacking suspect to be held in Spain
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The British man detained in Spain in connection to a massive Twitter hack last summer is being put in jail pending an extradition hearing, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

Joseph O’Connor refused to be transferred to the U.S. voluntarily during a hearing before a Spanish National Court, according to The Associated Press.

O’Connor has been accused by prosecutors in the U.S. of participating in a hack that compromised more than 130 Twitter accounts, including those of President BidenJoe BidenRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Iowa governor suggests immigrants partially to blame for rising COVID-19 cases Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on MORE, former President Obama and billionaire CEO Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskAs inflation and government debt surge, Washington is ignoring our most critical economic crisis Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Musk says Tesla likely to accept bitcoin again MORE.


Twitter said at the time it believed the hackers had targeted employees with access to back-end tools.

Most of the accounts posted Bitcoin scams that ended up netting cryptocurrency worth roughly $117,00 at the time.

A Florida resident, 18-year-old Graham Clark, was sentenced in March to three years in prison after pleading guilty to various fraud charges in connection with the hack.

Two other people were arrested in connection with the hack last year.