A virtual court hearing was held Tuesday for Graham Clark, the 17-year-old accused of masterminding the July 15 hacking of the Twitter accounts of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Barack Obama, and others. His bound court hearing was temporarily cut short after infiltrators entered the call playing porn and loud music.
Clark oversaw the hacking of several prominent Twitter pages and posted requests for Bitcoin deposits — he grossed over $100,000 from the hack.
The Tuesday hearing was to agree on a bond. Clark’s lawyer was in the middle of requesting a reduction from the current $750,000 bond when the intruders began playing the disruptive and obscene content.
These interruptions posed as journalists to join the call but quickly deployed their destruction tactics. Dubbed ‘Zoombombers,’ unwanted Zoom guests have become a sort of trend over the last few months as classes and companies have taken to the video calling app to conduct class and business. There are ways to protect your calls, read here.
The hearing was resumed about ten minutes, as reported by the Daily Mail. Hackers were able to play the videos and music as there were no protections against guests unmuting themselves and sharing their screens.
Clark is facing 30 felony charges including 17 counts of communications fraud, 11 counts of fraudulent use of personal information, and one count each of organized fraud of more than $5,000 and accessing computers or electronic devices without authority, according to the Daily Mail.
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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.
After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.
Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”
A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.
In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”
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