BREAKING WEINERGATE UPDATE: Lefty Blogger Exposes Massive yFrog-Twitter Vulnerability! Weiner Might Not Have Sent The Wiener

June 1, 2011

Lefty Blogger exposes what looks like a massive security flaw in the way yFrog and Twitter interact.

It is 100% completely possible to insert an unauthorized photograph into someones yFrog account and have it tweet to a specific Twitter user from the Twitter account associated with the yFrog account. We followed the instructions at the link above, and presto, it works exactly as claimed. All you need is the user’s esoteric yFrog email address. You do not need any password.

What does this mean? It’s very possible Weiner did not send the photo in question, but that does not explain the behavior of the people involved. For example, why won’t Rep Weiner simply state that it is not his wiener in the picture that was tweeted? If his ID was stolen and he didn’t send the Tweet, why is he acting like he desperately wants this story to go away? Not exactly the actions of an innocent man. Are we expected to believe that Rep Anthony Weiner has suddenly found forgiveness in his heart for people who might play dirty political tricks on him? That’s a stretch. If Rep Weiner actually thought that a political enemy did this to him, he would be shouting about it in the Rotunda of the Capitol.

Also, if the Lefty blogger linked above is correct in his potentially libelous accusation that that Dan Wolfe, the Tweeter who first drew notice to the image, the real culprit who’s committing identity theft and fraud, why is Dan jumping up and down begging to be investigated by the FBI? Not really the reaction of a guilty party.

With this new information combined with what we have observed from the parties involved, we are prepared to revise our previous prediction: Rep Weiner did not send the tweet. Neither did Dan Wolfe. The reason Rep Weiner is so shifty on this is because it is his wiener, and he is horribly embarrassed that he took that picture, leaving himself so vulnerable in such a boneheaded way. Who knows maybe he’s even had relations with some of his Twitter followers, and is worried about being exposed (so to speak).

Who sent it then? Likely a disgruntled current or former employee. Why do we say that? Because a yFrog email address is not exactly intuitive. It is not something a hacker could guess. Also, Rep Weiner has a bit of a reputation of being a tough boss.

Put it all together, and it looks circumstantially likely that the person responsible for this whole affair is someone with current or former access to the Rep’s phone and account info. Someone who apparently doesn’t like Rep. Weiner very much. Who could that be?

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Instathanks to Glenn Ryenolds for the link. Earlier today Glenn wrote:

Weiner: I can’t say with certitude if that is me or not. Huh? Does that mean he’s got so many crotch shots out there he can’t keep track?

Michelle Malkin is also covering this (and every other) story. Spinning Weiner: “I can’t say with certitude” that the package is mine

Lee Stranahan has a similar theory to ours

Caleb Howe at Red State says not so fast: Case closed? Not so much. He’s absolutely right that it is still 100% possible that Rep Weiner sent the wiener. What this all screams for is an investigation, because no matter how you slice it, either Rep Weiner sent this image and then lied about being hacked or someone else stole his identity (in this case a sitting Congressman’s unique social media email) which is the equivalent of being hacked. Either way, because of Weiner’s behavior during this crazy mess, there has to be an investigation of just what the hell went down here.

And lets just be clear. We here at Founding Bloggers do not care if Rep. Weiner gets off on sending photos of himself to his wife, or any other party. We don’t care if he’s into masturbating inside mascot costumes. We do care if he was stupid enough to do it on an open social networking site under his congressional twitter account, and then lie after it naturally led to questions. We do care if he didn’t send it, and he has been the victim of a security breach in his office. That means other elected officials might have the same vulnerabilities which they should take precautions against. After all, this time it was a wiener, next time it might be a classified document. Wikileaks anyone?

ANOTHER UPDATE: Gateway Pundit says that there is no way the Lefty Blogger is correct. Do we need to revise our prediction? This story is hard.

If you have never logged into yfrog before, there will be no authorization to post to Twitter.

And Anthony Weiner tells us today that he has never even seen yfrog before that night.This is from the CNN transcript of an interview with Wolf Blitzer explaining how and why he deleted all of his photos.

We did need to authorize yFrog from the Twitter interface in order to get to that special yfrog email address we used to replicate the test constructed by the lefty blogger. If Weiner never authorized yFrog through Twitter, that does raise questions that look bad for him. It means either it came from his phone (sent by him or someone close to him), or it came from someone else who stole the Congressman’s Twitter account info. No matter what, this demands an investigation. Is Rep Weiner a Liar? Investigate! Is Rep Weiner a victim of ID theft? Investigate!

ANOTHER UPDATE: Wow! Even Rachel Maddow Blog agrees that this doesn’t prove anything.

AND YET ANOTHER UPDATEyFrog CEO: No Reason To Believe Weiner’s Security Was Violated

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