Suspect released over Obama Twitter hacking


25 Mar 2010

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French police arrested and later released a 25-year-old unemployed man for hacking into the Twitter accounts of US President Barack Obama and other public figures.

The unnamed suspect, who went by the online handle Hacker Croll, was arrested and questioned by police on Tuesday, after an investigation of several months that involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The investigators suspect that the accused hacked into the Twitter accounts run by Obama and other celebrities, including pop star Britney Spears, buy successfully guessing the answer to password-reminder questions.

The head of the French central office against online fraud, Adeline Champagnat, has said the suspect had no particular computer skills.

He was released on bail pending further inquiries and a court appearance, scheduled for Clermont-Ferrand on 24 June.

Photo: A man in his 20s is due in court on 24 June, accused of hacking into the Twitter accounts of US President Barack Obama and other celebrities

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