17-year-old claims he is creator of StalkDaily Twitter worm

17-year-old claims he is creator of StalkDaily Twitter worm

A 17-year-old youth from Brooklyn, New York, has admitted that he was the author of the StalkDaily cross-site scripting attack that hit Twitter yesterday.

Mikeyy Mooney is reported to have told breaking news website BNOnews.com that he coded the attack “out of boredom”.

The StalkDaily attack spread links to the StalkDaily.com website across the Twitter system without users’ consent, changing their updates to show messages such as:

Dude, www.StalkDaily.com is awesome. What’s the fuss?
Join www.StalkDaily.com everyone!
Woooo, www.StalkDaily.com :)
Virus!? What? www.StalkDaily.com is legit!

The Twitter micro-blogging site has reassured users that they have taken steps to close the holes that allowed the worm to spread, and that “no passwords, phone numbers, or other sensitive information were compromised” as part of the attack.

Sign up to our free newsletter.
Security news, advice, and tips.

Although we can’t confirm the reports of Mikeyy Mooney’s involvement, it is true to say that the worm ran a script on a site called mikeyylolz.uuuq.com (the site has been suspended because of abuse).

Mikeyy website suspended

Hmm.. never trust a guy who spells Mikeyy with two “y”s.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

What do you think? Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.