‘PlugwalkJoe’ pleads guilty for the massive 2020 Twitter hack and other crimes

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PlugwalkJoe, aka Joseph James O’Connor, a UK citizen connected to the 2020 Twitter hack affecting many high-profile accounts, including Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and Apple, has pled guilty to cyberstalking and other crimes. On Tuesday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that O’Connor has been extradited to the US.

In 2020, PlugwalkJoe and unnamed co-conspirators gained access to Twitter’s administrative tools. Using that access, the co-conspirators were able to tweet from several accounts belonging to major companies and celebrities. This allowed them to promote a Bitcoin scam that raked in almost $120,000.


In some instances, the co-conspirators took control themselves and used that control to launch a scheme to…

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