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Jun032011

Anthony Weiner Twitter Pic Posted Via Security Loophole?

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Did a security loophole allow easy posting to Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account without actually having to log in as him?

That’s a theory that was circulating widely online Thursday, and Weiner’s defenders say it explains how a photo of a bulging male crotch area appeared on the congressman's Twitter feed last Friday night without his knowledge.

"I did not send that photo.  My system was hacked.  I was pranked," Weiner told ABC News Wednesday.

Screen grabs of Weiner’s Twitter page show the lewd image appeared in a posting via the photo sharing service yfrog.com, which is linked to Twitter.

Several technology experts and bloggers have pointed out that one way to get a photo quickly posted to yfrog and Twitter is by sending the photo to a special email address associated with the accounts. 

In theory, someone who simply knew Weiner’s yfrog email address could have emailed the photo, which in turn would have been simultaneously uploaded to both his yfrog and Twitter accounts -- all without ever being prompted for a password or permission.

ABC News tried to replicate the process itself, but discovered yfrog has disabled email posting service -- a sign that some say suggests the company has identified a security problem.

“Even though our email upload feature has not been compromised or broken into, we are taking this opportunity to evaluate the feature and secure it even further,” the company explained in a statement.

Skeptics of the theory say Weiner’s unique yfrog address could only have been known by someone close to Weiner, or that it could have been used by Weiner himself.  They also point out the theory fails to resolve whether Weiner is the subject in the photo.

"I'm reluctant to say anything definitively about this because I don't know to what extent our system was hacked," Weiner said when pressed to answer whether or not the man in gray boxer briefs is him. 

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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