Child (!) who hacked Jack Dorsey's Twitter account, arrested
Back in August, Twitter chief Jack Dorsey's own Twitter account was hacked to send out racist slurs and comments. The account was soon recovered from, what was said to be, a SIM swapping-based attack conducted by a group called Chuckle Squad. Now, in a major development, the police have struck a major blow against this group, nabbing its key members. Here's all about it.
Former Chuckle Squad leader arrested
The tactics used in Dorsey's hack were similar to those used in hacks the Chuckle Squad has taken credit for in the past. The police worked on several leads and arrested a former leader of the group, Motherboard reported. It is said that this individual used SIM swapping to gain control of Dorsey's account, which then allowed others to deface his account with slurs.
Apparently, the suspect in question is a child
The report didn't mention the name of the suspect as this person is less than 18 years of age. They have denied all the allegations, but Debug, another member of the Chuckle Squad, confirmed the suspect's involvement, adding that they were also involved in other major hijacks, including the one against Santa Clara County's Deputy District Attorney Erin West.
Chuckle Squad is believed to be responsible for several hacks
Along with Dorsey and the DA, Chuckle Squad is said to have compromised a number of high-profile Twitter accounts. This includes actress Chloe Moretz, YouTube celebrities beauty vlogger James Charles, Shane Dawson, and comedian King Bach. Notably, the incidents even led Twitter to disable the technique of tweeting via SMS to prevent further hijacks via SIM swapping.
Will this deter Chuckle Squad?
The arrest of the leader appears to be a major move, but it might not end the Chuckle Squad. According to Debug, the leader was booted from the group back in October, which means someone else might have taken their place and are running the group now. Plus, there are no reports of any other group member's arrest apart from this one.