plugwalkjoe

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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 Apple, Binance, Bill Gates, Joe Biden, and Elon Musk. The purpose of these attacks was to propagate cryptocurrency scams. In addition to this, he also intruded into the Snapchat accounts of several female celebrities, threatening to disclose their private photos. O'Connor was apprehended in Spain in July 2021 at the behest of the FBI. After being extradited to the US in April 2023, he pleaded guilty to multiple charges including computer intrusion, extortion, stalking, wire fraud, and money laundering. These offenses carried a potential cumulative sentence of over 70 years. O'Connor expressed remorse for his actions in court, labeling them as "stupid and pointless" and offering apologies to his victims. In June 2023, O'Connor received a five-year prison sentence for his cybercrime offenses. Despite the severity of his crimes, his sentencing marked a significant victory for cybersecurity efforts worldwide. As PlugwalkJoe, O'Connor's activities had caused substantial disruption and damage, highlighting the ongoing challenges posed by threat actors in the digital age. His conviction underscores the importance of international cooperation in combating cybercrime and the necessity of robust cybersecurity measures.
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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, Kan
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The PLEAD malware, also known as TSCookie, was first observed in the wild in 2015 and is believed to be associated with the Chinese APT group BlackTech. It was discovered by ESET researchers in 2019 that BlackTech was conducting Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attacks through compromised ASUS routers and d
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Securityaffairs
8 months ago
Florida man sentenced to prison for SIM Swapping conspiracy that led to theft of $1M in cryptocurrency
CERT-EU
a year ago
Twitter celebrity hacker pleads guilty in US
CERT-EU
a year ago
Briton pleads guilty to hacking stars’ Twitter accounts to steal Bitcoin | Science & Tech News | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker – National Cyber Security Consulting
CERT-EU
a year ago
Hacker who took over Biden, Musk Twitter accounts sent to prison | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker | National Cyber Security Consulting
CERT-EU
a year ago
UK citizen pleads guilty to 2020 Twitter hack and other cybercrimes | Engadget
CERT-EU
a year ago
Twitter hack: Joseph O'Connor jailed for celebrity cyber attack
CERT-EU
a year ago
Cyber security week in review: May 12, 2023
CERT-EU
a year ago
Twitter Celebrity Hacker Pleads Guilty in US
CERT-EU
a year ago
Twitter Hacker Goes To Jail
CERT-EU
a year ago
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Cybersecurity - Week 26 | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware | National Cyber Security Consulting
CERT-EU
a year ago
Cyber security week in review: June 30, 2023
CERT-EU
a year ago
Hacker who took over Biden, Musk Twitter accounts sent to prison | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker | National Cyber Security Consulting
CERT-EU
a year ago
U.K. Cyber Thug “PlugwalkJoe” Gets 5 Years in Prison – GIXtools
CERT-EU
a year ago
Hacker responsible for 2020 Twitter breach sentenced to prison
CERT-EU
a year ago
Twitter hacker Joseph O'Connor sentenced to 5 years in prison | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker | National Cyber Security Consulting
CERT-EU
a year ago
Twitter Hacker Who Turned Celebrity Accounts Into Crypto Shills Gets Prison Sentence - Slashdot
CERT-EU
a year ago
Twitter Celeb Account Hacker Heads to Jail for 5 Years
CERT-EU
a year ago
UK citizen pleads guilty to hacking high-profile Twitter accounts in 2020
BankInfoSecurity
a year ago
Data Breach Roundup: Attempted Extortion Attack on Dragos
CERT-EU
a year ago
British hacker pleads guilty to hacking schemes, faces 77 years in prison