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Bring me the head of Adam Croot (paulplowman.com)
76 points by mikecane on July 9, 2010 | hide | past | favorite | 23 comments

Poor guy. This, however, is absolutely comical from an outside perspective. I can only imagine some marketing rep fuming at this Adam "hacker" who has so maliciously stolen their links that their newly hired developer created specifically for a very valuable client...

There seem to be laughs all around. "Lolz" from @undefined at the emails he's getting, some amusement I detected in this blog post, and pained laughs from hackers at the incompetence of twitter and that they continue to be extremely popular in spite of it.

Somebody sent him an email re: their photobucket account...


That's a solid response.

Vaguely reminiscent of the Jerry Taylor of the City of Tuttle vs. Johnny Hughes of CentOS, the episode in which a default CentOS Apache page replaced a previously running site and hilarity ensues via email.

http://www.centos.org/modules/news/article.php?storyid=127 and http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/03/24/tuttle_centos/

"Did you really name your son Robert'); DROP TABLE Students;--?

Oh yes, little Bobby tables we call him."

That's from XKCD: http://xkcd.com/327/

Thank you for performing that public service (no really). I hate it when people (and I'm not saying the GP is guilty of this) parrot other people's content as though they came up with it.

To be fair to sdurkin, the comment was in quotes.

Yes, the quote marks are half of the whole "quote + attribute" thing. Sdurkin was so close!

citation injection attack...

I know it's not justified, but I just kind of assume everyone on HN has read every XKCD.

This reminds me of an excellent story of a college student who got a verizon vtext account and chose the address null@vtext.com

As you might imagine, he ended up getting a lot of debugging messages sent to his phone. It definitely underscores the importance of having proper error checking and debugging facilities set up.

You can read the full story here http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Whos-Reading-Yo...

I would have changed my name. It's funny to be a producer trying to reach many and have a flaw benefit you, it's not being a consumer and stuck with a lot of noise.

Reminds me of all the email held to ransom at donotreply.com. Site is gone now, but story is here -- http://consumerist.com/2008/03/the-man-who-owns-donotreplyco...

Didn't something similiar happen to one developer of open source webservers (lighttpd maybe). I remember reading a story about someone accusing them of hacking.

Most probably you're talking about the developer of thttpd:


There was a parallel case a few years later with CentOS. (Not strictly a web server, of course, but it was the branded default Apache page that led to hacking accusations.)


Bummer, http://twitter.com/null is suspended. I was hoping for more of the same.

Nice. So they suspended a user instead of fixing their problem. Stay classy Twitter.

They could have been a spammer as well and had their account blocked for that reason.

It's not Twitter's problem. It's the apps making erroneous requests who are in the wrong.

How the fsck is this Adam Croot's fault? Twitter can't clamp down on all accounts that used reserved words from every programming language. It's the third party services that are in the wrong by requesting stuff they know is not required.

Is the error in the 3rd parties' code, or in Twitter's @Anywhere API that the 3rd parties are calling? The article isn't clear, though it sounds like the 3rd parties are calling the API with bad data, and the API isn't checking its inputs. If so, then both the 3rd parties and the Twitter API are at fault.

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