NEW YORK, NY – The mighty Twtitter was brought down by a 17-year-old!
Twitter has certainly become the world’s most popular microblogging site. Tweets and Tweeted have become staples of our vocabulary and Twitter has made “being followed” a good thing. With its popularity and usage going through the roof, one would think that Twitter’s security precautions would be on point. So much so that a 17-year-old couldn’t make Twitter vulnerable to hackers. Or could he?
A 17-year-old Australian schoolboy said on Wednesday he unwittingly caused a massive hacker attack on Twitter which sent users to Japanese porn sites and took out the White House press secretary’s feed.
Pearce Delphin, whose Twitter name is @zzap, admitted exposing a security flaw which was then pounced upon by hackers, affecting thousands of users and causing havoc on the microblogging site for about five hours.
“At the time posting the tweet, I had no idea it was going to take off how it did. I just hadn’t even considered it.”