MADRID, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - A Briton of 22 years old who was arrested this week in Spain in connectionwith a Twitter hack last year that compromised the accounts of several US politicians, including then-presidential candidate Joe Biden, were jailed while awaiting a trial. extradition hearing, a judicial source said. High Court by video link from the southern city of Estepona where he was detained on Wednesday. O'Connor, who faces multiple charges in the United States, has expressed his refusal to be extradited, the source said. learn more
O 'Connor's attorney confirmed that his client opposed the extradition but did not comment on the charges. The hearing was held in camera, so no further details were immediately available.
The July 2020 Twitter attack hijacked a variety of verified accounts, includinglaugh then Democrat. candidate Biden and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The accounts of former President Barack Obama, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Benjamin Netanyahu, Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg and Kayne West have also been affected.
The hacker used the accounts to solicit digital currency, prompting Twitter to (TWTR.N) to take the extraordinary measure of preventing certain verified accounts from posting messages during several hours until account security can be restored.
The High Court judge jailed O 'Connor as a precaution after taking into account the risk of flight and the seriousness of the case presented by the US Department of Justice. Court should schedule an extra hearingaddition in the coming months. Reporting by Emma Pinedo, Inti Landauro and Sarah N. Lynch Editing by William Maclean and Frances Kerry
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