Friday, April 17, 2009

Techie News: Twitter hit by computer virus attacks

The micro-blogging service run by Twitter Inc. was hit with a series of computer virus attacks that placed unwanted messages on users’ sites. A 17 year old kid by the name of Michael “Mikeyy” Mooney admitted creating the virus attack “out of boredom.”

The so-called “Mikeyy” worm spreads when Twitter users click onto an affected page from a message — or “tweet” — posted by another infected user. They then begin automatically posting tweets to other users that promote the site

Twitter said that no sensitive information has been compromised by the virus and hinted it may take action against perpetrators in court.


My note on this one: it's not the first time that a online social site like Twitter was struck by a string of malware attacks. If you do remember, Friendster last year was hit by a severe virus, causing its server to enter a diluted state. It was miserable to say the least.

Anyway, I'm so much impressed with this kid. He'll be an asset for companies for sure.

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