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A 22-year-old was arrested in hacks of Twitter, TikTok and Snapchat.

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A 22-year-old man was arrested in Spain on Wednesday in connection with the hack of more than 100 Twitter accounts last July, becoming the fourth person charged in the incident, which led to a temporary shutdown of the social media service.

The man, Joseph O’Connor, faces charges in the United States of hacking, extortion and cyberstalking in the Twitter breach and is accused in hacks of the TikTok account of the popular creator Addison Rae Easterling and the Snapchat account of the actor Bella Thorne, the Justice Department said.

The Twitter incident began when the hackers connected last year in an online forum focused on buying and selling rare user names, some of the individuals involved told The New York Times at that time. They then broke into Twitter’s systems by tricking employees into providing login information, according to legal filings. The hackers used an administrative tool to take over accounts belonging to political figures and celebrities, including former President Barack Obama, Kanye West and Elon Musk, using the accounts to conduct a Bitcoin scam, the filings said.

Graham Ivan Clark, an 18-year-old who prosecutors said was the “mastermind” of the Twitter hack, pleaded guilty to fraud charges in March in a Florida court and agreed to serve three years in juvenile prison. Two others, Mason Sheppard and Nima Fazeli, were arrested and accused of serving as middlemen for Mr. Clark to sell the Twitter accounts.

Mr. O’Connor was a well-known figure among hackers dealing in user names, going by the name “PlugWalkJoe.” According to chat logs that the hackers shared with The Times last July, Mr. O’Connor interacted with the group briefly, acquiring the Twitter handle @6.

At the time, Mr. O’Connor denied involvement in the Bitcoin scam. “I don’t care,” he said in an interview. “They can come arrest me. I would laugh at them. I haven’t done anything.”

According to an affidavit submitted by an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who investigated the breach, Twitter’s logs showed that a Twitter account belonging to Mr. O’Connor had viewed several accounts, as though shopping, during the hack.

Ms. Thorne’s Snapchat account was compromised in June 2019, according to the affidavit. The hacker threatened to release nude photos found on the account unless Ms. Thorne posted a tweet thanking him for returning her account, the affidavit said.

Instead, Ms. Thorne posted the images on Twitter. “I feel gross, I feel watched, I feel someone has taken something from me,” she wrote in a statement accompanying the photos. “I can sleep tonight better knowing that I took my power back. U can’t control my life u never will.”

In June 2020, Mr. O’Connor made false police reports threatening violence at schools, restaurants, an airport and a residence in Southern California, the affidavit said. The threats were an attempt to cast scrutiny on a youth who lived in the area and had clashed with Mr. O’Connor online, the affidavit said. Mr. O’Connor also sent threatening messages and nude photos to the youth, the affidavit said.

In August, a month after the Twitter breach, hackers took over Ms. Easterling’s TikTok account, which had more than 55 million followers. In an apparent reference to Mr. O’Connor’s online moniker, her page was updated with the message “plugwalkjoe zak n crippin.”

The F.B.I. found that Ms. Easterling’s account was accessed during the hack by internet protocol addresses linked to Mr. O’Connor, the affidavit said. They also found screenshots of her account saved in Mr. O’Connor’s Snapchat, the affidavit said.

Twitter declined to comment. Representatives for Snap, TikTok, Ms. Thorne and Ms. Easterling did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mr. O’Connor, who is British, faces extradition to the United States and will face charges in Northern California. A lawyer for Mr. O’Connor could not be immediately identified.

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‘Ted Lasso’ takes over Apple homepage to celebrate second season launch | AppleInsider

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Hit Apple TV+ series “Ted Lasso” has taken over Apple’s homepage to celebrate the release of the show’s second season on Friday.

The main page at apple.com now features a bright blue background. When you first navigate to it, the season two tagline — “kindness makes a comeback — flashes onscreen before Jason Sudeikis’s Ted Lasso character appears.

Once the animations stops, Apple leads users to the second season on Apple TV+ with a “stream now” button.

“Ted Lasso” season two officially premiered in Los Angeles on Friday, July 16. The second season officially launched with its first episode on Apple TV+ on Friday, July 23. New episodes will debut weekly each Friday.

The series has been one of Apple’s most successful pieces of original content. It has been nominated for a total of 20 Emmy awards in 2021, and Apple has already renewed the show for a third season.

Apple occasionally uses its homepage to promote services or celebrate other occasions. In 2020, for example, Apple Arcade took over the main website. The “Ted Lasso” promotion is unique because it takes up the entire page and doesn’t feature any of the company’s hardware products.

The company has also promoted “Ted Lasso” season two with special Memoji stickers at Apple retail locations and Today at Apple sessions focused on artwork inspired by the show.

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Wanna squad up in Pokémon Unite? Here’s how

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Pokémon Unite is a new 5-v-5 free-to-play MOBA on the Nintendo Switch. In this multiplayer Pokémon game, players choose from one of 20 Pokémon and battle it against one another. And what better way to celebrate a hard-fought victory than with your friends? Playing Pokémon Unite with friends is the best way to play, but playing with friends on the Nintendo Switch isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but it is possible. Here’s how to invite your friends to a play in Pokemon Unite.

How to invite friends to Pokémon Unite on the Nintendo Switch

Inviting friends to Pokémon Unite on the Nintendo Switch is pretty simple.

  1. First, go ahead and exchange friend codes with the person you want to invite.
  2. Open Pokémon Unite.
  3. At the main menu, select Unite Battle and start a lobby.

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  4. Select one of the plus signs around your character or press the Y button to open up your friends list.

    How to invite friends to Pokémon Unite on the Nintendo Switch: Select one of the plus signs around your character, or press the Y button to open up your friends list.

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  5. Choose the person you want to invite, and select Player Info.

    How to invite friends to Pokémon Unite on the Nintendo Switch: Choose the person you want to invite, and select Player Info.

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  6. Then select Invite Friends.

    How to invite friends to Pokémon Unite on the Nintendo Switch: Then select Invite Friends.

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All your friend has to do at this point is accept the invitation.

How to invite players using a Lobby ID

If you want to play with someone you’re not friends with, you can still invite them to your game without adding their friend code.

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  1. Start Pokémon Unite.
  2. At the main menu, select Unite Battle and start a lobby.
  3. At the top left of the screen, you’ll see a Lobby ID. Share that ID with whoever you’d like.

    How to invite players using a Lobby ID: At the top left of the screen, you'll see a **Lobby ID**. Share that ID with whoever you'd like.

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That’s all it takes. The player joining just has to input the Lobby ID into the Lobby Search option of the main menu.

How to invite cross-platform players

Pokemon Unite is available on the Switch but will come to iOS and Android in September. You won’t need their friend code to invite them, but you’ll need to share your Trainer ID.

  1. Start Pokémon Unite.
  2. At the main menu, press L to open your Trainer Info.

    How to invite cross platform players:At the main menu, press L to open your Trainer Info.

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  3. Share the code at the bottom of the screen to add your cross-platform friend.

We’ll have to put this to the test once the iOS and Android versions release this September.

Unite for the fight

Pokémon Unite is a great multiplayer game, made even better when you’re playing with friends. It also has a surprising amount of depth, so be sure to check out our Pokémon tier list to figure out who is the best Pokémon for your play style. And while you’re at it, check out all of the free gifts available for Pokémon Unite now. Coordinate with friends and claim victory!


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The next MacBook Air: Mid-2022 eyed for mini-LED M2 redesign

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Roman has covered technology since the early 1990s. His career started at MacUser, and he’s worked for MacAddict, Mac|Life, and TechTV.


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