How 9000 Porn-Spambots swarmed a Teenage Tweetie

Superspannendes Posting von Alexis C. Madrigal auf The Atlantic über die Story eines Teenagers von einer Highschool in San Diego, der innerhalb von wenigen Stunden tausende Porno-Spambots folgten. Einerseits spannend wegen der offensichtlichen Einblicke in das Geschäft mit Spambots, andererseits spannend wegen des Glitches im Code – GLITCHBOTS! –, der die Bots dazu brachte, einem einzigen Twitter-Account zu folgen.

By 8:25pm, Olivia could announce, "I have hit 3,000 everyone 3,000 porn stars." At 9:05, she crossed 4,000. At 9:51, she hit 5,000. She changed her Twitter bio to, "5,000 pornstars follow me and idk what to do." (idk means "I don't know" for the acronymically uninitiated.)

A boy tweeted, to no one in particular, that Olivia was "officially famous as fuck wtf." Another said, "Let's be honest we all knew that Olivia was going to be twitter famous from the start." A third said, "New game: take a shot every time someone follows Olivia."

All the new followers had names like "Earlene Timperman" and "Valerie Wienandt" and their bios were like Mad Libs for lame social media wannabes: "certified food nerd," "Hardcore social media scholar Bacon ninja," "Typical tv trailblazer Hardcore introvert," "Bacon specialist Certified organizer," "Friend of animals everywhere Coffee enthusiast," "Coffee advocate Hipster-friendly analyst." Hardcore social media scholar Bacon ninja.

They all hailed from seemingly random cities: Fairmont, Danville, Trenton. Never a state. Never a country. Never a joke.

Oh, and none of them had actually tweeted anything.

Why Did 9,000 Porny Spambots Descend on This San Diego High Schooler? (via Doc Searls, Bild via Shutterstock)

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