20-year-old allegedly admits to breach targeting high-profile Germans

German law enforcement officials today announced the arrest of a 20-year-old man who allegedly admitted to leaking stolen personal data belonging to the country’s various public figures.

A press release jointly issued by the Federal Criminal Police Office and the cybercrime unit of the Frankfurt Attorney General’s Office has identified the arrested party as a citizen and resident of the state Central Hesse. Officials did not provide the individual’s real name, but said he uses the computer aliases “G0d” and “0rbit.”

According to officials, investigators arrested 0rbit and searched his home on Sunday, Jan. 6. They interrogated him the following day, at which time the man allegedly acknowledged his crimes, including stealing data belonging to German politicians, journalists and celebrities and publishing it via Twitter accounts. At least one of these Twitter accounts was hijacked from its rightful owner.

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