How A Teenager Rickrolled Vine

How A Teenager Rickrolled Vine

You’re only supposed to be able to upload a six-second clip to Vine. But 16-year-old Will Smidlein somehow managed to bypass that rule yesterday and posted the whole of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”. Uh, well done?

It didn’t go down so well with Vine engineers, who very quickly sent him a direct message on Twitter asking him to take down the post, in which he explained “I think I broke Vine.”

So how did he do it? Well, according to The Verge, he downloaded and decompiled the new Vine-for-Android app, then recreated part of the Vine API that facilitates uploads. He’s declined to provide exact details of how he did it, but not Risk Astley was online not long after.

He does, at least, seem remorseful for what he did, explaining on Twitter that “I truly feel awful for the engineers whose day I ruined with my stupid messing around.” Sadly, the post no longer exists. Shame. [Twitter via The Verge]

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