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

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

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,…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.