Three years after one of the most visible breaches in recent history unfolded live in front of millions of Twitter users, one of the hackers will do time in federal prison.
Five-year Jail Term
After pleading guilty to four counts of computer hacking, wire fraud, and cyberstalking, Joseph James O’Connor, 24, received a five-year jail term. He consented to pay his victims at least $794,000 in forfeiture.
O’Connor was a member of a team that, in July 2020, used social engineering methods based on phone calls to hack into prominent Twitter accounts.
Twitter reinstated physical security keys for employees and enhanced cybersecurity measures as a result of the attack.