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Melbourne teen behind Twitter attacks

Melbourne teen attacks Twitter - may get hair cut in the process
| Hacking & Security News | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 3:12 am

A Melbourne twit has flagged a Twitter vulnerability that let overnight attacks happen to Twitter users, which could have affected up to half a million users.




A cross-site scripting flaw used recently by RainbowTwtr was used in a copycat attack by Melbourne teen, Pearce Delphin.


RainbowTwtr's attack changed the profile backround picture to a rainbow colour and tweeted the script in an update. The code was quickly re-tweeted by hundreds of users.


Delphin's trick inserted a mouse-over field containing Javascript, and the phrase "uh oh" into script that is similar to RainbowTwtr's. The phrase appeared as a pop-up message when the mouse pointer hovered over the code.


I'm pretty sure this kid's punishment should be: a hair-cut.



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