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Friday, April 17, 2009

Twitter worm writer gets a job

A Web application developer confirmed he has hired the teenager who admitted attacking Twitter with several different worms.

Travis Rowland, of Hammond Or. said that he had offered a job to Michael Mooney, a 17 year old who said he had written at least two of the worms that struck Twitter starting on April 11.

Mooney came to his attention because of the Twitter worms, Rowland acknowledged. "I contacted him and saw his Web site, and thought it was interesting," said Rowland. "Then I talked to him and found out he did it all by hand, so I asked him if he wanted to work as a programmer." Rowland said that Mooney would also be involved doing "security analysis for us, to make sure our applications are as secure as they can be."

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said Monday that Twitter had had to scrub about 200 infected accounts and delete 10,000 tweets carrying links to JavaScript attack code.

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