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Justin Pfister [PersonRank 10]

Friday, October 14, 2005
15 years ago

Did you really personally interview him!? YouÂ’re on the beat from Germany faster than the US news industry..

Orikinla Osinachi [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

I commend your posts and two thumbs up to you for the perfect interview of the human Internet worm. Because, he is the worm. You are what you create.

The guy should be hired by Google or Yahoo and put his skills to better and safer assignments before he does something that will not be funny.

Myspace sucks [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

They are so comsumed with loading the ads from the servers it takes forever to load a page. I like to use firefox and opening more than 3 myspace windows will crash firefox. [Unrelated link to porn site removed. -Ed.]

Jamie [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

Really enjoyed this interview, Philipp. Great work, great questions. I didn't really get this story until I saw this article. Talented guy, albeit humble. His technical accomplishments on the myspace worm are something he should be proud of.... Ignoring the ethical and social issues of course :) But hats off to Philipp and thanks to Samy for the candid answers!

rolland [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

I found the tech details of how xss viruses/worms work at bindshell.net/papers/xssv.html

Richard (www.perceptric.com) [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

Amazing how the guy walked his code past the system and opened up the issue of security on social networking websites for everyone to see. OK, it was a prank, this time, but it shows up how much work needs to be done to stop manipulation of what will be a dominant concept for years to come. Another warning to business, ecommerce and networking sites that "stuff" can happen quickly. Money quote motto; Never go out for a burrito.

Lars Kasper [PersonRank 1]

15 years ago #

Nanu, trotz Heise ist Dein Server noch nicht down? :-)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Hey Lars, guter Hinweis, ich hab den Artikel garnicht gesehen! Seitdem ich meinen Apache auf einen Alternativmodus umgestellt hab, hab ich interessanterweise keine Probleme mehr mit Traffic (wer mehr wissen will, bitte per Email).

ONTREUS [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

Could ANYBODY PASS LINK THAT HAS THE CODE OF WORM OF SAMY, FOR STUDY? THANK YOU!

Anonymous [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

I know Samy and he is actually a pretty cool guy. As for the link to the code, its mentioned in the interview.
Also, he is very handsome!

Moo [PersonRank 1]

15 years ago #

Samy actually has an account of what happened on his webpage (funniest shit ever....... after TuckerMax mebbe)... there's also a link in the interview to how he did it.... the link's also

namb.la/popular – is his account of the story.
namb.la/popular/tech.html – is how he did it including steps through the probs he came across and the code itself.

ViciousCircuit [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

The fact that he didn't script anything malicious is nifty. It's kind of funny when you really think about it. In one day only, Samy became the 2nd most popular guy on MySpace. The only reason Tom is #1 is because he's automatically added to every new user's friends list.

Evan Kimori [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

Congrats on your success of sorts Samy-I myself am 19 and still learning as well. Don't know much of JavaScript and coding on a whole, but I intend to.

Quite an acheivement in your spare time. Great things come out of small opportunities :)

Vicky [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

YEA thanks to Sammy's idiotic joke, now we can't edit our pages anymore. Nice job moron. YEA so he's smart that he figured it out, but why ruin it for everyone? They should have areested the jerk! Instead of taking away embeded tags in our pages. This site just won't be the same now that we can't add our OWN personality to our pages! THAT JUST SUCKS

Anonymous [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

Its not samys fault your pages dont work. QUIT PUTTING SO MUCH HTML ON YOUR SITES. it slows down the system. Dont complina here, it isnt going to do anything. Tell the all mighty TOM.

rose-marie [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

im gonna have to say i hated "samy" after seeing his name in my hero slot. i actually changed it to"fuk samy!" i thought someone named samy had my password and manually changed it. but uh...i guess i was wrong. im gonna go edit that now! =) good job samy! (yeah it was a worm and it got some people mad but you got skills)

ebony@sbate.com [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

The guy still doesn't understand what he has done: "and to possibly cause real harm". Bringing down a service with more than a million users and a web company isn't considered "real" harm by him.

Pweetanax@gmail.com [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

He didnt cause any harm myspace collects data on users and sells it to others. Sure they dont sell emails or your private info but the data they collect makes sales globably increase 10 fold at least. Fox owns it and uses it to promote their crap. and the united states government supports it because they have rights to that information. So i say nice job for giving myspace something to stop. Myspace has never been a friend meeting tool or created for any free purpose the adds you see are to make it look like thats how the site is payed. but truely it is payed for by the government,fox, and people buying demographics and sales data. Dont be fooled into thinking myspace is anything but a big giant sales pitch.

KEvIn THats Hott [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

Hahaha I know Samy in real life. He went out with my best friend for over a year. Samy Is a way cool guy ... He works way too hard for a young guy. 18 hr days sometimes for 4 companies... I'll keep him annomous like he wishes but haha I am gonna give him shit on AiM . Dont Hate on samy Guys he is the kinda friend most people wished they had.

myspace employee [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

it response to the person who says myspace is linked to the goverment thats a bunch of horse shit thinking about how many diffrent ads they have and how many fetured profiles enough said.

Me [PersonRank 8]

14 years ago #

Yeah, fo sho.

MySpace may make lots of money from advertisements, but that doesn't mean they are involved in anyway with data harvesting. A group of my friends and I are in with the right people, and we actually got to examine the coding that keeps MySpace up and running.

There are no intentions what so ever of keeping information for promotional reasons, and MySpace does NOT SELL any information it collects.

The collection of that information is just to keep user accounts running in an organized way.

konib [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Dude you're my hero for sure! That's got to be the most severe worm created by mere JavaScript. Bravo! *claps*

JUL-EEE-UHH [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

I was wondering.. Is Samy linked to the 'Flying Spaghetti Monster"? He seems to have the exact code Samy did.

profile.myspace.com/index.cfm? ...

Missing MySpace [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

"Hero" or not....all I know is I haven't been able to get on the site all freaking day. And it's pissing me off.

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