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Apple rickroller gets a job as a developer

Skips prison time
Thu Nov 26 2009, 10:45

PROVING THAT it is indeed a mad world, the 21 year old author of the Ikee Iphone worm has gone and landed himself a job as an application developer on the platform.

Ashley Towns, the young man who thought it incredibly amusing to Rickroll jailbroken Iphone users, has swapped his ironic tee shirt for a cleaner one as he has joined mogeneration, an Iphone app developer firm. And, no, we hadn't heard of it either, 'til just now.

Of course it's not unusual for hackers to swap their dusty black stetson for a clean white one, but usually they do a bit of prison time in between ruining people's expensive IT kit and developing for it.

The fact that the Oz upstart has skipped that part has irked security expert Graham Cluley, who greated the news thus, "It jars with me that Towns has shown no regret for what he did, and that now his utterly irresponsible behaviour appears to have been rewarded. Will Towns be offering a token $5 compensation to all those he infected for the inconvenience he caused? I doubt it."

It's probably going to further peeve those users whose Iphones are still emblazoned with a picture of 80s pop star Rick Astley, most of whom are in Australia. And let's not forget that the whole thing is good publicity for mogeneration, which is also based in Australia. µ


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