Twitter hacking teen offered security analysis job


Twitter hacking teen offered security analysis job

Rebecca Thomson

A 17-year-old hacker who brought mayhem to Twitter over the Easter weekend has been offered a job as a programmer.

Michael Mooney was behind the worm that infiltrated the social networking site, leading to 10,000 posts having to be deleted.

A web application development company has hired him to test the security of new applications.

Travis Rowland, the CEO of exqSoft Solutions, told "I contacted him and saw his website, and thought it was interesting," said Rowland. "I talked to him and found out he did it all by hand, so I asked him if he wanted to work as a programmer."

Mooney will be doing security analysis for the company. Rowland added that it would work out for everybody if he could get the hacking teen "on the right track".

Twitter founder Biz Stone suggested legal action could be on the cards after Mooney's attacks, which didn't compromise any personal information.

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