Accept Fan Breaks Twitter

    May 10, 2010
    Chris Crum

All hell broke lose today when a fan of the 80s metal band Accept (sometimes considered the poor man’s AC/DC) tweeted "Accept pwnz". A bug in Twitter made user @pwnz his follower.

So the story goes, and the bug that let people steal followers was born.

Twitter posted to its status blog:

We identified and resolved a bug that permitted a user to "force" other users to follow them. We’re now working to rollback all abuse of the bug that took place. Follower/following numbers are currently at 0; we’re aware and this too should shortly be resolved.

Twitter later updated:

Of note: protected updates did not become public as a result of this bug.

Lots of abusers were quick to take advantage of the exploit. Mashable’s Adam Ostrow pointed out that Conan O’Brien, who famously only followed a single person, SynBay, had his follower count changed to 14 (it’s back to 1).

Still, it is somewhat refreshing to find out that such a bug was not discovered through any malicious intent, but just by someone who wanted to share his love for the creators of " Balls to the Wall ".


Chris Crum
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