As reported last week, the lead hacker responsible for the Twitter-BTC fiasco that saw more than $121,000 in bitcoin stolen from unsuspecting users was arrested. The man is 17 years of age and goes by the name of Graham Ivan Clark.
Clark Has an Alleged History
As more information has come out about this young person, it appears he has a long history of performing bitcoin attacks on people. In fact, just last year he was caught stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in bitcoin and assorted cryptocurrencies.
In 2019, a Seattle-based technology investor named Gregg Bennett came forward to explain that his smartphone had potentially been attacked by unseen hijackers. They had somehow managed to gain control of his SIM card, which then gave them access to whatever accounts he had potentially accessed via that phone. As the person in question had cryptocurrency accounts, they became prime targets of the hackers.
As many as 164 bitcoins – worth roughly $856,000 at the time of the attack – were stolen from the tech investor, who then received an extortion note from a person named Scrim, which is one of the many aliases often used by Clark.
Last April, as many as 100 bitcoins were seized from Clark by the Secret Service. While Clark ultimately got a slap on the wrist from the agency, they chose not to arrest him due to his status as a minor. Much of the money was given back to Bennett, who was informed of Clark’s reported involvement in the theft.
Apparently, this wasn’t enough to keep Clark away from further bitcoin extortion. Just a week after being forced to give the funds back, Clark began working on the Twitter attack, but where he appears to have fallen short is in his alleged desire to show off his lavish lifestyle – one a person couldn’t have had unless illicit measures were being taken.
As a 17-year-old man and still a minor, Clark was allegedly living in his own apartment in Tampa, Florida. He boasted expensive gaming systems, a white BMW, a gem-encrusted Rolodex and designer sneakers amongst other lavish items. These little treasures were often posted in pictures on Instagram, which may have aroused suspicion in law authorities.
It is reported that Clark may have attained his start in cyberterrorism through gaming. He would often trick Minecraft players into buying products that he had no intention of providing. He is also purported to have pulled scams with Fortnite players, as well as with participants in crypto and hacker forums.
Doing the Right Thing?
At the time of writing, it is believed that Clark owns more than $3 million in bitcoin and crypto-based assets. His lawyer is quoted as saying:
I can think of no greater indication of legitimacy than law enforcement giving the money back.