I'm a 'Kind Pirate,' Says Obama Twitter Hacker

Frenchman: I wanted to show system's vulnerabilities
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2010 4:56 PM CDT
Francois Cousteix, the 23-year-old who broke into Obama's Twitter account, among others.

(Newser) – The man who cracked Barack Obama's Twitter account says he was merely trying to point out security weaknesses in the system. Francois Cousteix, an unemployed 23-year-old from France, describes himself as a "kind pirate" who used low-tech methods of guessing passwords, often aided by info on the Facebook pages of Twitter employees. "I am not a hacker," he tells AFP. "I did not act with a destructive aim."

Cousteix says he attacked Twitter and high-profile users like Obama and Britney Spears to show "that big companies are no more secure than any Internet user. That's the message I wanted to get across." Known as "Hacker Croll" online, he is scheduled to go on trial in June and faces 2 years in prison on hacking charges, notes AP.

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