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Florida teen arrested in Twitter hack that hit Biden and Obama

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A teenager in Tampa was arrested and charged Friday for his alleged involvement in a massive Twitter hack earlier this month that took over the accounts of prominent users like Joe Biden, Bill Gates and Elon Musk and used them to promote a bitcoin scam.

The minor was arrested on Friday morning in Tampa after an investigation conducted by federal and state investigators, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said in a statement Friday.

Warren said his office was handling the prosecution because Florida law allows greater flexibility than federal law to charge a minor as an adult in a case like this.

"The FBI and Department of Justice will continue to partner with the office throughout the prosecution," he said.

In a statement on Friday, Twitter said it appreciated "the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses. "

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