Greatest Moments in Hacking History: Samy Kamkar Takes Down Myspace


just kind of sat in my chair head spinning like what do I do the biggest website on the internet right now is down and it’s because of me myspace is the number one site on the internet at this time so it’s 2005 even surpassed Google it was about 19 years old I get on to MySpace and I set up a profile and I started playing around with the mice these website trying to see if there are any any issues I could exploit found a vulnerability in both MySpace and browsers that allowed me to write code and put it on my profile the code aid rig was actually giving me a ton of power I had full control of the person’s browser so what would happen is if you visit my profile you would add me as a friend but the code would then replicate to your profile so anyone who visited your profile would also add me as a friend and add the code on to their own profile so from there it became a worm or a virus so I wake up in the morning expecting a couple new friends I go on my stays calm I know like 10,000 new friends of course it was exponential so the next hour I saw 50,000 people on my profile now deleting my profile doesn’t really get rid of the virus or the worm right it’s kind of like a cold like just because you’re cured if you spread it to a hundred people it doesn’t matter they still have the cold so I go into my face and I say delete profile it says okay your profile will be deleted in 24 hours it’s just stuck in this frozen state for 24 hours while this worm continues to spread across MySpace I met over 500,000 friends and I’m just just blown away don’t know how like solve this problem it was basically another hour when it hit over a million people so at this point is less than 24 hours since I had launched the original worm on my profile and now I’m just refreshing and I hit refresh and it says this profile has been taken down like finally so hopefully they took down the worm and everything else so I go to my girlfriend’s profile and it says this profile has been taken down and like oh no what just happened so I go to MySpace calm the main page and it says myspace is down and I felt terrible and I thinking maybe I should drive over my space bring some coffee and donuts be like hey guys I’m so sorry can I help and a few hours later I checked my spaces back up then I kind of just waited a day went by I woke up nothing happened no cops a week went by no one just contact me at all after six months I buy a new car a Porsche Boxster I’m walking down to the garage in my apartment and the elevator opens I see my car and I see two kind of big guys standing next to it and I’m walking up to them like oh no like I’m getting carjacked these guys are gonna beat me up and take my car and as I’m walking up two guys walk up behind me and I look around like I know I’m surrounded what’s gonna happen they say Sammy I’m like yeah we have a search warrant and they all show me different badges and we go up to my apartment and there are a dozen agents all with guns going through everything and I’m like whoa people actually bust down doors with God’s Manor after a computer actor they go through anything with technology anything with a chip anything with data they take it and then they leave and I’m like am I free to go and they’re like yeah you’re not arrested we just had a search warrant and I find it an attorney in LA and he says the DA wants to put you in prison I had no idea what was gonna happen after about six months my attorney came back and he said all right here’s a plea that we can actually take basically you’ll pay some money maybe like fifteen or twenty thousand dollars and you’ll go to probation for three years I’m no prison you can have one computer that’s not on the Internet at this point I really have no options I say I accept the plea agreement and that’s that it’s kind of started a new chapter of life excited spent my entire life just in front of the computer and finally this light got me out I just spent a lot of time doing other things that I think normal people did as part of the deal I had to do 720 hours of community service so at 5 a.m. every Saturday I’d wear this orange jumpsuit I Drive my Porsche to a waste facility and I’d get in a dump truck I had to basically just pick up trash on the side of the road and that was out two years three years later everything was off my record I could touch computers again I could use the Internet I was a normal citizen rehabilitated by the state of California that day I went out and I went to the Apple store I bought a laptop pulled out the laptop turned it on and I opened the web browser and I go to a website I looked for a few minutes and then I shut it down I was like all right I’m just gonna go hang out with some friends and and that was pretty much that

100 thoughts on “Greatest Moments in Hacking History: Samy Kamkar Takes Down Myspace

  1. "I looked for a few minutes, and then I shut it down."

    That hit me like a brick.

    Almost went to prison, for interrupting a virtual service that is meant to bring enjoyment.

  2. 4:40 wasnt even excited abotu the new specs-

    o wait its apple, he's technologically retarded, i forgot

  3. So it's illegal to make some website's user accounts add you as a "friend"? Lol that's a bit harsh

  4. Cool video, nice cartoon, a bit desapointed you didn't go to prison and didn't get raped by some huge dude named Julio or something…
    .. that day you shut down MySpace I lost like 2 hours of my life I never will get back. I cpuld have done so much with taht time like surfing on pornsites, trolling some youtubers, or take out my tamagochi fake dog for a fake walk…

    So you can give to me your Porsche, and we're even.

  5. Imagine there is one account that added as friend by another 5 account, if that one account is deleted, the other 5 account can't be downed or something right ?. i didn't understand how that code works omg somebody explain

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  9. I enjoyed watching the story very much, however you should have acted upon your gut instinct and went and seen them with coffee and donuts and an apology things probably would have worked out much better.

  10. i got off my computer to hang out with some friends and that was that…sitting in front of a massive monitor. itchy beard..

  11. u have to be very clever know how to hacking into what ever l dont know how to do that still learn things with it but saying that somebody hacks my phone downloads things on it

  12. That many armed agents show up at your door just for injecting some code into a social network website …

  13. myspaces fault for being shit at theor job. If your bank had an exploit on their system u wouldnt blame the fucking hacker youd blame the shit coders

  14. if the probation thing ever happened to me i would just ask for a pc with python 3.7.4 and sublime text aaaaaaaand im set

  15. So you found out an exploit, which means, that they Fcked up…. And you got punished for doing something for shits n giggles

  16. The U.S. bombs Japan and invades Afghanistan, nothing happens. A guy takes down myspace (trough no fault of his own) almost gets killed.

  17. damn that was a fucked up situation when they said sammy we have a search warrant. Its not like you can refuse but holy shit.

  18. And in 2019 it would still take a court order with a penalty of prison time if violated to get people off their computers/phones.

  19. this code is fully functional, i am an ethical hacker for Microsoft and if you simply plug this into a php shell or a raspberry pi 4 you can successfully do this. I am telling you this for educational purposes and if you are also an ethical hacker using this could get you a lot of money from the co. that hired you. If not only do this on a test website or if you have permission.

  20. Damn, now imagine finding internet's biggest resourse's vulnerability, one that basically makes you its' god, but using it just to make some friends…
    and getting arrested for that

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  22. I mean, if MySpace allowed people to fucking code on their profile, it's their fault. I'm not sure if there were any rules or contracts he had signed when making his profile, spesifically saying he can't exploit it, but it shouldn't be illegal?

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