The US accuses him of accessing the accounts of prominent figures such as Biden, Obama and Bill Gates
MADRID, Jul 22 (MADRID) –
The judge of the National Court Santiago Pedraz has ordered this Thursday the entry into preventive prison of the young British man Joseph James O’Connor, who was arrested on Tuesday in Estepona (Malaga) after being claimed by the United States accused of ‘hacking’ more than 130 Twitter accounts, including some belonging to politicians, celebrities, and businesses.
In the hearing that was held this Thursday at the National Court, the head of the Central Court of Instruction Number 5 has ordered that O’Connor enter preventive prison after observing the risk of flight due to his lack of roots and given the seriousness of the facts , according to legal sources consulted by Europa Press.
During the court appearance, the 22-year-old British man has stated that he does not want to be handed over to the US authorities, who are demanding his extradition for an alleged crime of extortion.
According to the United States Department of Justice, the ‘hack’ would have started in July 2020 and would have targeted the Twitter accounts of all kinds of people, including those of the current US president, Joe Biden, and that of his predecessor Barack Obama, as well as those of the tycoon Bill Gates or those of Apple and Uber.
From these profiles, it offered followers to double the money they entered in Bitcoins in a virtual account, thereby perpetrating a scam. The FBI then launched an investigation involving numerous teams such as the United States Secret Service, UK authorities and the National Police, who finally arrested O’Connor at his home in Estepona.
In addition, the young Briton would be involved in a computer attack on users of the TikTok and Snapchat applications, and in the cyberbullying of a youth victim. The Department of Justice also accuses him of having unauthorized access to numerous computers, obtaining protected information with which he extorted money from the owners and for threats, among other charges.