I`m no hacker, says Frenchman who cracked Obama`s Twitter
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 25, 2010, 23:08
Beaumont: A Frenchman who broke into Barack Obama and Britney Spears' Twitter feeds insisted on Thursday he is no hacker but a "kind pirate" seeking to expose security weaknesses.

"I did not act with a destructive aim ... I wanted to warn them, to show up the faults in the system," said the 23-year-old, who was arrested Tuesday after an operation by French police and FBI agents.

The curly-haired unemployed computer technician wore a pair of slippers adorned with smiley faces as he sat in his parents' home in central France and told of how he broke into the popular micro-blogging site.

Francois C, who spoke to agency on condition that his full surname not be used, is accused of breaking into Twitter and Google accounts, including ones used by US president Obama and pop star Spears.

He has been bailed and is due to appear in court on June 24 and faces up to two years in jail if convicted of hacking into a database.

Francois took the name "Hacker Croll" from a figure in the Pacman video game he loved as a child and used it as an online pseudonym to brag about attacks on Twitter, which lets users send out messages of up to 140 characters.

In order to break into Twitter he said got access to the mailboxes of the company's employees by "guessing their passwords" or figuring them out by studying their Facebook pages, blogs or other websites.


First Published: Thursday, March 25, 2010, 23:08

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