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场面失控!推特黑客的线上听证会被严重搅局

场面失控!推特黑客的线上听证会被严重搅局

JEN WIECZNER 2020年08月06日
这起恶作剧充分凸显了“线上起诉线上犯罪”的难度。c

上个月,一起推特账号遭大规模袭击的黑客事件震惊全球,一名17岁的少年被指控策划了该事件。周三,针对该事件的首场法庭听证会于线上举行。然而,这场听证会却被恶作剧者打乱——他们发布各类藐视法庭、种族主义言论,有时还散布色情内容,以至于会议不得不提前结束。

一名叫做格雷厄姆·伊万·克拉克(Graham Ivan Clark)的黑客被指控策划了上个月的推特大规模袭击案件,入侵了奥巴马、马斯克等一众世界政商名流的账户,进行比特币诈骗。他也因此面临着72.5万美元的罚款。克拉克的辩护律师则在努力为他争取一些减免,并希望法庭能允许他恢复一部分访问互联网的权限。

这场听证会以Zoom视频会议形式进行,进入会议时不需要密码。但就在会议开始还不到25分钟,佛罗里达州的一名法官就不得不叫停了这场会议——几名参与者在其中进行了人们称之为“Zoom炸弹”的恶作剧,他们大声喧哗,故意捣蛋,场面一度十分混乱。

最初,这些捣乱者在证词陈述环节中切入了中东音乐片段,并在聊天区大讲脏话、发表种族主义言论。不一会儿,又有人开启了屏幕共享,在公屏上播放色情网站的不雅视频。

这起恶作剧充分凸显了“线上起诉线上犯罪”的难度。这起推特黑客袭击事件的策划者几乎都是青少年。据称,他们入侵了大约130个推特帐户,不仅窃取了价值11.7万美元的比特币,还窃取了像“Vampire”这类原始的用户名。

这起大规模的黑客袭击案件震惊全球,也让本次听证会备受瞩目。而这起线上会议又对公众开放——任何人只要持有Zoom会议ID,就能参会——如此一来,一些心怀恶作剧的与会者混了进来也就不足为奇了。他们早在会议正式开始前就已蠢蠢欲动:在公开的骚动之前,就有一个参与者的视频窗口(本人未露面)显示了一块似乎已经设置好的屏幕,准备将比特币发送给“Free Graham基金”——尽管目前尚不清楚该基金是否真实存在。在地址字段(即通常是用于加密货币交易的字母数字序列)中,该屏幕只显示了一句话:“告诉我地址。”似乎是在进行某种交易。

还有些参与者可能只是为了开玩笑而加入:一名叫做“ lil peep”的用户就只是一直在聊天中发送“哈哈哈哈哈哈哈哈哈”。

这些恶作剧者还给他们的设备起了各种各样的名字——有虚构的电影角色名,还有正在审理此案的佛罗里达法院中的另一名法官的名字。

在第一次会议被迫关闭后,法院试图重新开始,同时不再对所有人开放,而是通过授权方式准许相关官员和媒体进入。但道高一尺,魔高一丈,这些恶作剧者也很快就规避了这些限制,继续捣蛋:不久,音乐开始从假称“ BBC”和“CNN”的账号中传出,还穿插了一些可能来自电影或电视的片段,大声叫嚣着诸如“你以为我在乎,小子?”之类的话。

不久,又有其他冒充CNN和Fox 新闻频道记者的帐户开始了一连串的挑衅性发言,包括“艹……劳力士”等脏话——这可能来自该案中的另一名被告,即22岁的尼玛·法兹利(Nima Fazeli),绰号“劳力士”,他曾在加利福尼亚州被指控协助和培训黑客从事违法犯罪活动。

在遭遇这样的事件后,审判长宣布,将来在召开类似听证会的时候,会在直到会议结束前都进行密码保护。

尽管会议被这些蓄意捣乱者无数次打断,且他们捣乱的方式越来越蹬鼻子上脸,法官克里斯托弗·纳什还是决定,虽然拒绝了克拉克减少罚金的要求,但他不再要求这名来自佛罗里达州坦帕市的少年证明,自己用于黑客入侵事件的资金并非来自犯罪活动所得——而这原本是法庭最初的一项要求。

根据最新的法院文件,克拉克不仅因入侵推特和非法收购比特币面临30项欺诈指控,他先前还曾是另一起有关加密货币盗窃案的调查对象——尽管在将100枚比特币交给检察官后,他并没有收到相关指控。(财富中文网)

编译:陈聪聪

上个月,一起推特账号遭大规模袭击的黑客事件震惊全球,一名17岁的少年被指控策划了该事件。周三,针对该事件的首场法庭听证会于线上举行。然而,这场听证会却被恶作剧者打乱——他们发布各类藐视法庭、种族主义言论,有时还散布色情内容,以至于会议不得不提前结束。

一名叫做格雷厄姆·伊万·克拉克(Graham Ivan Clark)的黑客被指控策划了上个月的推特大规模袭击案件,入侵了奥巴马、马斯克等一众世界政商名流的账户,进行比特币诈骗。他也因此面临着72.5万美元的罚款。克拉克的辩护律师则在努力为他争取一些减免,并希望法庭能允许他恢复一部分访问互联网的权限。

这场听证会以Zoom视频会议形式进行,进入会议时不需要密码。但就在会议开始还不到25分钟,佛罗里达州的一名法官就不得不叫停了这场会议——几名参与者在其中进行了人们称之为“Zoom炸弹”的恶作剧,他们大声喧哗,故意捣蛋,场面一度十分混乱。

最初,这些捣乱者在证词陈述环节中切入了中东音乐片段,并在聊天区大讲脏话、发表种族主义言论。不一会儿,又有人开启了屏幕共享,在公屏上播放色情网站的不雅视频。

这起恶作剧充分凸显了“线上起诉线上犯罪”的难度。这起推特黑客袭击事件的策划者几乎都是青少年。据称,他们入侵了大约130个推特帐户,不仅窃取了价值11.7万美元的比特币,还窃取了像“Vampire”这类原始的用户名。

这起大规模的黑客袭击案件震惊全球,也让本次听证会备受瞩目。而这起线上会议又对公众开放——任何人只要持有Zoom会议ID,就能参会——如此一来,一些心怀恶作剧的与会者混了进来也就不足为奇了。他们早在会议正式开始前就已蠢蠢欲动:在公开的骚动之前,就有一个参与者的视频窗口(本人未露面)显示了一块似乎已经设置好的屏幕,准备将比特币发送给“Free Graham基金”——尽管目前尚不清楚该基金是否真实存在。在地址字段(即通常是用于加密货币交易的字母数字序列)中,该屏幕只显示了一句话:“告诉我地址。”似乎是在进行某种交易。

还有些参与者可能只是为了开玩笑而加入:一名叫做“ lil peep”的用户就只是一直在聊天中发送“哈哈哈哈哈哈哈哈哈”。

这些恶作剧者还给他们的设备起了各种各样的名字——有虚构的电影角色名,还有正在审理此案的佛罗里达法院中的另一名法官的名字。

在第一次会议被迫关闭后,法院试图重新开始,同时不再对所有人开放,而是通过授权方式准许相关官员和媒体进入。但道高一尺,魔高一丈,这些恶作剧者也很快就规避了这些限制,继续捣蛋:不久,音乐开始从假称“ BBC”和“CNN”的账号中传出,还穿插了一些可能来自电影或电视的片段,大声叫嚣着诸如“你以为我在乎,小子?”之类的话。

不久,又有其他冒充CNN和Fox 新闻频道记者的帐户开始了一连串的挑衅性发言,包括“艹……劳力士”等脏话——这可能来自该案中的另一名被告,即22岁的尼玛·法兹利(Nima Fazeli),绰号“劳力士”,他曾在加利福尼亚州被指控协助和培训黑客从事违法犯罪活动。

在遭遇这样的事件后,审判长宣布,将来在召开类似听证会的时候,会在直到会议结束前都进行密码保护。

尽管会议被这些蓄意捣乱者无数次打断,且他们捣乱的方式越来越蹬鼻子上脸,法官克里斯托弗·纳什还是决定,虽然拒绝了克拉克减少罚金的要求,但他不再要求这名来自佛罗里达州坦帕市的少年证明,自己用于黑客入侵事件的资金并非来自犯罪活动所得——而这原本是法庭最初的一项要求。

根据最新的法院文件,克拉克不仅因入侵推特和非法收购比特币面临30项欺诈指控,他先前还曾是另一起有关加密货币盗窃案的调查对象——尽管在将100枚比特币交给检察官后,他并没有收到相关指控。(财富中文网)

编译:陈聪聪

The first court hearing for the 17-year-old alleged "mastermind" of last month's Twitter hack was cut short Wednesday after pranksters disrupted the virtual proceedings with profane, racist, and in one instance, pornographic, outbursts.

A defense lawyer for Graham Ivan Clark, who is accused of breaking into Twitter accounts of famous CEOs and politicians from Barack Obama to Elon Musk as part of a Bitcoin-stealing scheme, attempted to argue for a reduction in Clark's $725,000 bond, as well as a partial reinstatement of Clark's internet access.

But a Florida judge terminated the hearing, which was held as a Zoom video call and did not require a password, less than 25 minutes in after several participants loudly interrupted in what's known as Zoombombing.

At first, the trolls cut into the testimony with clips of Middle Eastern music and began messaging the chat with slang and racist epithets. Moments later, someone shared their screen to broadcast a graphic sexual video from the site Pornhub.

The incident highlights the difficulty in virtually prosecuting a crime committed virtually, allegedly by mostly teenage hackers, who seized access to some 130 Twitter accounts, to steal not only $117,000 worth of Bitcoin, but also "OG" usernames like @vampire.

It was perhaps not surprising, then, that the high-profile hearing, open to anyone with the publicly available Zoom meeting ID, also attracted some attendees with mischief in mind. Even before the loud disruptions, one participant's video stream, instead of his or her face, showed a screen apparently set up to send Bitcoin to a "Free Graham Fund," though it was unclear whether such a fund exists; in the address field, where an alphanumerical sequence would normally be for a cryptocurrency transaction, was just an offer: "Let me know the addy."

Other participants may have joined in just for laughs: One user going by the name "lil peep" chimed in on the chat with "LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL."

For their screen names, the pranksters also used names of fictional movie characters as well as the name of another judge at the same Florida court where the case is being tried.

After the first meeting was shut down, the court attempted to restart the call while selectively admitting authorized officials and media outlets, but the trolls quickly circumvented those restrictions as well: Soon, music began playing from accounts labeled "BBC News" and "CNN," interspersed with clips, possibly from movies or TV, spouting phrases such as, "You think I care, kid?"

Shortly after that, voices from other accounts appearing to impersonate journalists from CNN and Fox 5 News hurled a string of profanities, including the phrase "F--- Rolex." That could be a reference to one of the other defendants in the case, 22-year-old Nima Fazeli, also known as "Rolex," who was charged in California with aiding and abetting the hack.

The presiding Judge announced that future hearings will be password-protected before ending the call.

Despite numerous and escalating interruptions the Judge, Christopher Nash, reached a decision: Though he denied Clark's request for reduced bond, he won't require the Tampa teen to show that the source of the money used to post it did not come from criminal activity, as the court initially stipulated.

While Clark faces 30 counts of fraud charges for the Twitter hack and unlawful acquisition of Bitcoin, he was previously the target of another investigation into a cryptocurrency theft, though no charges were filed after he turned 100 Bitcoins over to prosecutors, according to new court documents.

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