April 18, 2009
The teenage author of the Mikeyy and StalkDaily worms that hit Twitter users hard one weekend ago appears to have struck lucky. As a result of his infamy, he has a brand new job.In a move that is likely to disgust many who are involved in protecting computers against security threats, a Web applications development company called ExqSoft Solutions has hired 17-year-old Mikeyy Mooney.
Interestingly, Travis Rowland, CEO of ExqSoft Solution, was quick to publicize Mooney's signing:
In my opinion, ExqSoft Solutions was utterly irresponsible in offering Mooney the job and publicizing his acceptance -- less than a week after the first wave of attacks.
The last thing we want is a legion of other kids exploiting software and Websites in the hope they, too, might be rewarded with a job offer.
Graham Cluley is senior technology consultant at Sophos, and has been working in the computer security field since the early 1990s. When he's not updating his other blog on the Sophos website you can find him on Twitter at @gcluley. Special to Dark Reading.
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