Joseph O’Connor, identified in some corners of the web as PlugWalkJoe, was indicted on an array of fees regarding a Could 2019 cryptocurrency alternate hack. Throughout the assault, he’s alleged to have absconded with digital belongings valued at roughly $784,000.

Within the legal scheme, authorities consider O’Connor utilized SIM swap assaults (an artifice of fraud the place 2FA telephone calls and textual content messages are rerouted to a tool managed by the scammer) on three separate executives at an undisclosed cryptocurrency firm to take management of their employers programs. O’Connor might have then diverted over 7 BTC, 407 ETH, 6363 LTC and 770 BCH from wallets maintained by the company on behalf of their customers to wallets underneath his personal management. 

The indictment was brought by the US Legal professional’s workplace within the Southern District of New York, which is well-known for its prosecution of excessive profile monetary crimes. The case is assigned to Decide Richard Berman and was investigated by the FBI. O’Connor is particularly charged with conspiracy to commit pc hacking, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit cash laundering and aggravated id theft. The id theft rely carries a compulsory minimal of two years in jail to be served consecutive to some other sentence imposed.

O’Connor is at the moment combating extradition to the USA from Spain, the place he was arrested in July on fees introduced within the Northern District of California associated to the 2020 Twitter hack wherein he’s alleged to have gained management of 130 separate distinguished twitter accounts — together with these of Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Apple and Kanye West. The responsible events used these accounts to advertise a cryptocurrency rip-off earlier than making off with about $110k in sick gotten positive factors.