Live news: UK citizen pleads guilty in hacking case that hijacked celebrity Twitter accounts

Joseph James O’Connor, identified on-line as PlugwalkJoe, is arrested in Estepona, Spain, in July 2021. He was later extradited to the US © Jon Nazca/Reuters

A British citizen pleaded responsible on Tuesday to US laptop hacking expenses, together with a 2020 assault on Twitter that took over dozens of movie star accounts to solicit greater than $115,000 in cryptocurrency.

Joseph James O’Connor, identified on-line as PlugwalkJoe, was extradited from Spain to the US on April 26.

“O’Connor used his subtle technological skills . . . to steal giant quantities of cryptocurrency, hacking Twitter, conducting laptop intrusions to take over social media accounts and even cyberstalking two victims, together with a minor,” stated US lawyer Damian Williams.

He gained unauthorised entry to Twitter accounts together with these of Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Invoice Gates, Kanye West and Elon Musk. O’Connor, 23, was arrested on the Costa del Sol in 2021.

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