17-Year-Old: I Caused Twitter Meltdown
'I did it merely to see if it could be done,' says Pearce Delphin
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 22, 2010 11:57 AM CDT
In this photo illustration the Twitter website is displayed on a mobile phone on July 6, 2009 in London.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Remember the "mouseover" bug that sent unwitting Twitter users to Japanese porn sites yesterday? Well, it was caused by a 17-year-old Australian schoolboy. Pearce Delphin says he was the first one to try the mouseover trick. "I did it merely to see if it could be done ... that JavaScript really could be executed within a tweet," he confessed to the AFP. But hackers quickly adapted the idea, and created replicating "worm" tweets.

The viruses wound up ensnaring the likes of Robert Gibbs and Sarah Brown, wife of ex-British PM Gordon Brown. Before long, the "Netcraft" security service tracked the code back to Delphin."At the time of posting the tweet, I had no idea it was going to take off how it did," Delphin said. "I just hadn't even considered it. ... Hopefully, I won't get into trouble."

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Sep 24, 2010 7:04 AM CDT
There is a reason the 'teenage hacker' is such a prevalent archetype...
Sep 22, 2010 2:28 PM CDT
The kid needs to be spending more time masturbating and less time on twitter.
Sep 22, 2010 1:57 PM CDT
stupid twitter stupid facebook. anyone gullible enough to sign up to any of these sites deserve whatever encroachments ensue. give up your privacy go global and then cry in your brew or cry foul when things go awry.