The teen behind July's massive Twitter breach had a digital courtroom hearing on Aug. 5. The trial was postponed, however, due to a highly irregular breach in the hearing's Zoom call.
During a "Zoom bombing," infiltrators "broke into the call to interrupt the proceedings," said the Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 5. "Posing as CNN and BBC News, they repeatedly interrupted the meeting with rap music, movie dialogue and shouting," the outlet added.
The perpetrators then proceeded to project pornographic materials onto viewer's computers. The Florida judge on the case dismissed the hearing.
The alleged hacker pleaded a lesser bail fee
Authorities took Tampa Florida resident Graham Ivan Clark into custody on July 31, alleging that he was the brains behind Twitter's massive breach on July 15. The hacker's exploits saw many top Twitter profiles commandeered for scamming purposes, including the accounts of Joe Biden and Bill Gates.
The Aug. 5 court hearing hosted the hacker's plea for a bail smaller than the current $725,000 required sum, the Tampa Bay Times article said. The article notes the Twitter breach only garnered roughly $117,000, a much smaller sum than the stated bail amount, which the teen's legal representative, David Weisbrod, labeled as “disproportionate.”
Prosecutor Darrell Dirks, a Hillsborough Assistant State Attorney, noted other potential casualties not seen on paper as part of the $117,000 amount, lobbying in favor of the $725,000 bail, the Tampa Bay Times included.
The article also mentioned other legal affairs, investigations, cryptocurrency activities, and alleged nefarious actions surrounding Clark in previous years. The judge ultimately kept the bail sum the same, although the authority waived a previous stipulation — proof of origin for the money that the teen uses for payment.
"The court this past weekend also forbade Clark from using the Internet," the Tampa Bay Times included. "Weisbrod asked Wednesday that his client be allowed to go online to access his Bitcoin assets to post bail," the article noted, adding, "That request was denied."
"The next hearing is set for October," the article concluded, adding that hearing viewers will need a password for entry, upping the security in an attempt to sidestep another courtroom hacking affair.