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Monday, April 13, 2009

Teen claims to be Twitter worm creator

A US high school senior in Brooklyn, N.Y., owned up to creating a worm that attacked Twitter over the weekend, PC Magazine reports. Apparently designed to increase traffic to his site, it spread links through some 10,000 tweets, or updates, to Twitter users' pages. CNET reports that among the worm's updates were: "Mikeyy I am done...," "MikeyyMikeyy is done," and "Twitter please fix this, regards Mikeyy." The 17-year-old taking credit for the exploit, Michael Mooney, "told reporters that he created the worm out of boredom and is hoping that it will result in employment from a security firm rather than prosecution," according to PC Magazine. Twitter founder Biz Stone blogged that the worm compromised about 100 accounts, which Twitter later secured.

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