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Only 17 and his life is ruined... what a shame all around. A total embarrassment to Twitter, luck to the US that it seems that it wasn't foreign actors, and technical skills that probably could have been put to better use to eventually make that money legitimately instead all goes down the drain, and possibly money never returned (?) to those scammed.

I'm sure he'll be fine. They'll let him stir in jail for a few years to break him of the notion of ever doing it again, then he'll get picked up by a three-letter agency and recruited to do the same kind of work for them as a condition for getting out of jail early.

Call me old fashioned, but being forced into public service after being made a felon for a non-violent crime seems like a terrible outcome no matter how you slice it.

This doesn't actually happen.

Yeah call my a cynic, but if a 17 year old capable of this actually got caught, It doesn’t seem that hard to do in the first place.

I wonder if someone gave them the exploit

This was phone-based spear phishing, social engineering. There was no exploit.

It did to Adrian Lamo.

There is little technical skill involved in running common scams.

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