iPhone Hacker Gets Job Writing Apps
21-year-old is hired by an Australian tech company
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2009 2:05 PM CST
An Apple iPhone 3GS.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The 21-year-old who created the first-ever iPhone worm has landed a job developing apps for the phone. Ashley Towns revealed via his Twitter account that he's been hired by Australia's monogeneration. Towns has said he created the "ikee" worm—it changed users' wallpaper into a photo of Rick Astley—to point out flaws and has not faced charges. Critics point out that his worm paved the way for a more malicious version that tries to steal financial data.

"Don't get me wrong," blogs Graham Cluley at Sophos. "I don't think virus writers shouldn't be allowed to rehabilitate and do something worthwhile with their lives. But it jars with me that Towns has shown no regret for what he did, and that now his utterly irresponsible behavior appears to have been rewarded. Will Towns be offering a token $5 compensation to all those he infected for the inconvenience he caused? I doubt it."

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Nov 27, 2009 12:27 PM CST
HAHAHAHA he rick-rolled all those people... That's GREAT.
Nov 27, 2009 5:00 AM CST
They need to kick the penalties for this stuff up from about 3 months probation/slap on the wrist, to about 35 years in prison. This won't make the original guy any smarter, who did this, but it might have a chilling effect on the next group of I'm-so-cool low-life punks who keep putting viruses, etc, out there. A few years with cellmate "Bubba" might wipe the grin off their faces concerning the term "rick-rolled" and give them some second thoughts about how cool it all is.
Nov 26, 2009 11:02 AM CST
He speaks Aussie.