Leave it to Oprah to attract the crazies.
In this case, one digital crazy: the Mikeyy worm, a bundle of obnoxious code designed to hijack Twitter profiles. It attacked shortly after Winfrey joined the service on Friday morning.
And he was still on the loose Saturday morning, sending unwanted messages from the accounts of those affected. Yet, by midday, Twitter appeared to have closed whatever loopholes allowed Mikeyy to spread.
But concerns remain. Just because Mikeyy wasn't designed to corrupt files a la your average computer virus, doesn't exclude the possibility of Twitter being used to do serious damage, especially now that celebrities like Oprah, Demi Moore, Shaquille O'Neal, and Ashton Kutcher -- who beat CNN to the million-follower mark last week -- spend time in the Twitterverse.
Twitter's troubles with Mikeyy are, in some ways, a canary in the mine for the potential problems of cloud computing, were it to become as widely adopted as Google
No business built to profit from the Web as platform is immune. Not Amazon.com
What's less well understood is whether the holes in the cloud are as significant as the holes in Windows, holes that Microsoft
Either way, holes are holes. Mikeyy and his digital pals will be happy to walk through any that they find.
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