Aussie Teen Takes Credit for Twitter Trouble
By Kim Mae Heussner|ABC
An Australian teenager has become an overnight Internet celebrity for admitting that he was the mastermind behind the “mouseover” attack that led to Tuesday’s Twitter mayhem.
Pearce Delphin, 17, from Melbourne, Australia, said he exposed a security flaw on the micro-blogging site that other malicious hackers then exploited to send thousands of users to porn and other potentially unsavory websites.
The teenager, who calls himself “an almost legal teen (XVII), social media whore & politics lover” on his Twitter page, told the Agence-France Press that he tweeted a piece of code that would allow websites to open in pop-up browsers as users moved their mouses over the links.
Delphin said got the idea from a Twitterer who used a similar code to tweet rainbows, and when he tweeted his own code it was just to test it out.