17-Year Old Caused Yesterday's Twitter Mess

A 17-year old Australian is taking responsibility for unwittingly causing yesterday's Twitter bug. While the teen didn't directly bring the flood of spam and porn retweets, he burst open the dam. I guess that passes for precociousness these days?

The Melbourne-based high school student exposed the security flaw that created the havoc when he tweeted the onMouseOver Javascript code. It was an experiment, according to the teen, that more unsavoury elements quickly identified as a way to do this to anyone who accessed Twitter.com:

You can't really blame the kid for his idle curiosity; if anything, it forced Twitter to patch a vulnerability before something truly malicious took advantage of it. Let's hope we're so lucky next time. [AFP]

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