A 25-year-old unemployed Frenchman has been arrested for hacking into the Twitter accounts of President Barack Obama and Britney Spears, the pop star. The man, known by his online pseudonym is Hacker Croll, was arrested on Tuesday in central France, where he lives with his parents. French police and FBI agents had been tracking him for months.
The man is accused of breaking into dozens of Twitter and Google accounts and posting screen shots of private pages on online hacker forums.
7:36 pm on Mar 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
I remember faintly that he then proceeded to publish the "scoop" on his own blog... Surreal.
9:33 pm on Mar 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
I don't understand why waste taxpayer's money on FBI (considering president Obama hasn't probably posted a single tweet himself).
9:46 pm on Mar 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
do you think the hacker was thinking "Yes, I can" while he did it? : /
9:53 pm on Mar 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
Did he actually do it or did he photoshop something to look like he did? I suspect even claiming to break into the presidents accounts will get you into trouble. It would be interesting to see a case through in which the only evidence is fake but created to look real by the criminal him/herself.
11:33 pm on Mar 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
25 year old living at home. He reeks of success. I want to know if he was actually in his mom's basement when the french swat team hit. "Sacrebleu!"
2:28 am on Mar 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
I don't understand why waste taxpayer's money
They don't have a lot of luck catching the hackers that do real damage so they settle for making a really big deal out of the petty ones.
6:33 am on Mar 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
He is a script-kiddie, he said in entered into Obama's twitter page as well as.... Britney Spears :)
He was in hist room when the FBI arrived.
Agree, Obama's twitter page is nothing...
12:35 pm on Mar 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm surprised by some of the responses. Would you think differently if it was your account that was hacked? I know I would.
6:12 pm on Mar 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
I hope they lock him up for a few years. I'm sick and tired of hackers and spammers.
11:24 pm on Mar 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
If someone broke into my Twitter account I would just laugh and close the account if I had too.
4:12 am on Mar 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
He is a script-kiddie
He is obviously a skilled social engineer (wreaking havoc on Twitter for over a year now) but since he didn't use some sort of "1337" xss attack or an SQL injection he gets stuck with that tired old moniker?