More Mikeyy worm madness on Twitter

What on earth is going on at Twitter?

That’s the question that many people will be asking after the Easter break, following a wave of cross-site scripting worms that hit the micro-blogging site. After each attack Twitter said that it had resolved the problem, only for hackers to return hours later with another attack effectively rubbing Twitter’s nose in it.

The latest cross-site scripting worm we’ve seen on Twitter urges the website to hire Mikeyy Mooney, the suspected author of at least the earlier attacks and give a phone number. Journalists who have spoken to 17-year-old Mooney have confirmed to Sophos that the phone number used in the latest worm messages is genuine.

We’ve chosen to obscure the phone number, although it is trivial for anyone to discover it if they search on the Twitter site for archived messages. If Mooney is responsible for the worms that have troubled Twitter and its many users today then the correct course of action is for the authorities to investigate…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity 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 analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.