Yesterday I made a post about a CSE seminar I attended on Wednesday. Well, yesterday I attended another CSE seminar, again, given by Dr. Yinzhi Cao. His seminar yesterday was on the topic of web security. He introduced many web threats and how they are executed over internet browsers and servers. It was a very broad, high-level description of the numerous threats and he explained them very clearly. Anyone with minimal computer science background could appreciate the information. As I said in my previous post, I am very interested in security and Dr. Cao’s seminars were highly informative and I learned a lot from them.
His worm forcibly made people add Samy as a friend, and the worm then injected itself into the visitor’s profile making it self-propagating (the first of its kind). Within 24 hours, Samy had over 1 million friends and had crashed MySpace. MySpace said his intentions were malicious, but it’s pretty funny and clever if you ask me.
Here’s an article about the story back in 2005: http://betanews.com/2005/10/13/cross-site-scripting-worm-hits-myspace/