French Cops Nail Man Who Hacked Obama Twitter

Unemployed, 25-year-old Frenchman did it on a bet
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2010 6:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – An unemployed 25-year-old was arrested today by authorities in his native France for hacking the Twitter account of President Obama—apparently on a bet, sources tell AFP. No identity was given for the man, who lives with his parents and goes by “Hacker Croll”—the nom-de-Web of the person who got his hands on Twitter employee data last year.

“He explained how he did it. He’s not a genius,” a source says of Croll’s latest move, which resulted in a joint manhunt by the FBI and French police and could land him in jail for 2 years. Adds a prosecutor: “He was a young man spending time on the Internet. He acted as a result of a bet, out of the defiance of the hacker. He is the sort who likes to claim responsibility for what he has done.”

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