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Twitter worm author gets security job

Twitter worm author gets security job
Twitter worm author gets security job 

By John Leyden
The Register
17th April 2009 

The self-confessed author of the recent Twitter worm has scored a 
potentially lucrative job doing security analysis and web development 

Michael "Mikeyy" Mooney, a 17 year-old student from Brooklyn, New York, 
created a worm that exploited cross-site scripting vulnerabilities in a 
ham-fisted attempt to promote a site he ran, called StalkDaily. The worm 
created thousands of automated tweets and spawned a number of copy-cat 

Two software development firms have offered Mikeyy-boy jobs since his 
worm created chaos on the social networking site last weekend. The 
miscreant has reportedly already accepted one of these jobs.

Travis Rowland, 24, founder and chief exec of Web applications 
development firm exqSoft Solutions, told ABC that Mooney has accepted 
the job he offered, which will involve security analysis and Web 
development. Rowland admits that hiring Mooney will help publicise his 
firm, adding that he's sympathetic to Mooney's situation because he once 
worked in military intelligence and "landed that position in a similar 


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