Feb 20, 2023

Spain to extradite British suspect to US over Twitter hack

A Spanish court has approved the extradition to the US of a British man suspected of hacking the Twitter accounts of celebrities. A court statement said requirements had been met for handing over Mr O'Connor to US authorities for 14 charges, including the alleged crimes of revelation of secrets, membership of a criminal gang, illegal access to computer systems, internet fraud, money laundering and extortion. US officials allege Mr O'Connor hijacked the Twitter accounts and then asked their followers to send bitcoin to an account, promising to double their money. The court rejected arguments by Mr O'Connor's lawyers that he should be tried in Spain because the servers he used were located there. A Florida teenager accused of masterminding the attacks was sentenced by a US court in 2021 to three years in juvenile prison in a plea agreement.

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