Joseph James O'connor

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Joseph James O'Connor, also known as PlugwalkJoe, is a recognized threat actor who has been associated with several cybercrime activities. His most notable illicit operation was the July 2020 Twitter hack that resulted in the hijacking of numerous high-profile accounts, including those of Apple, Kanye West, Elon Musk, and Joe Biden. This significant breach led to the theft of approximately $794,000 worth of cryptocurrency, marking it as one of the most impactful cybercrimes of the year. O'Connor was first apprehended in Spain two years after the Twitter attack, subsequently extradited to the United States to face charges related to his cybercriminal activities. On Tuesday, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ), he pleaded guilty to his role in the 2020 Twitter scheme, among other cybercrime offenses. This admission of guilt marked a pivotal moment in the case, signifying a critical victory for law enforcement agencies battling against cybercrime. Following his plea, O'Connor, a British citizen from Liverpool, was sentenced by the Southern District of New York to five years in federal prison. The sentence was awarded a little over a month after his guilty plea, concluding a long-standing pursuit of justice for his cybercrime offenses. Despite facing potential incarceration for up to two decades, O'Connor's sentencing serves as a stark reminder of the serious consequences faced by those involved in such malicious activities.
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Joseph James O'Connor, known online as PlugwalkJoe, was a notorious threat actor from the United Kingdom who specialized in SIM-swapping to hijack online identities. His most infamous crime involved the hacking of over 130 Twitter accounts in July 2020, which included high-profile figures such as Ap
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CERT-EU
a year ago
Twitter Hacker Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for $120,000 Crypto Scam
CERT-EU
a year ago
UK citizen pleads guilty to 2020 Twitter hack and other cybercrimes | Engadget
CERT-EU
a year ago
Man who hacked Apple, Elon Musk Twitter accounts pleads guilty
CERT-EU
a year ago
Twitter Celeb Account Hacker Heads to Jail for 5 Years
CERT-EU
a year ago
Twitter hacker and crypto scammer sentenced to five years in prison | Engadget
CERT-EU
a year ago
Continuous generative AI development for threat detection urged
CERT-EU
a year ago
Man pleads guilty to hacking Elon Musk's and Joe Biden's Twitter accounts in bitcoin scam
CERT-EU
a year ago
Genesis Market takedown represents focus on disruption over prosecution