Header photo by Hamish Grant. Used with permission.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Twitter Security Hole: The Aftermath

On Monday, I blogged about the Twitter security hole.

It turns out it was discovered by a fan of a Turkish heavy metal band called "Accept." The fan wanted to Tweet "Accept [the band] pwnz!!!"  Instead of sending the tweet, he discovered that Twitter user @Pwnz was now following him.  Interesting.  He eventually put two and two together, and Gizmodo ended up getting a hold of it and blogging it, which resulted in chaos!

So Twitter fixed the bug, after temporarily setting everyone's followers and following to zero.

But in that window of time, over 6,000 people exploited the "force follow" bug.

Wondering who they forced to follow?  The top people were Oprah, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Conan O'Bian and Perez Hilton.
I like when the nerds come up with stuff like this.

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