17-Year-Old Hacker Behind Twitter‘s ‘Mouseover’ Attack Acts Like a 17-Year-Old

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"I discovered a vulnerability, I didn't create a self-replicating worm. As far as I know, that isn't technically illegal ... Hopefully I won't get in trouble!" —Pearce Delphin, the 17-year-old Australian kid who exposed a flaw in Twitter's security system that ended up causing a large-scale hacker attack that sent Twitter users to Japanese porn sites and hit the Twitter feeds of White House press secretary Robert Gibb and Sarah Brown, the wife of Britain's former prime minister. Pearce's latest tweet on the subject, "Just keep asking yourself: 'What would Jesus NOT do?'" [AFP via Daily Beast]