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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Fun-hater makes Twitter bot to spoil future Wordle puzzles, gets suspened

One of the fun parts about daily puzzler Wordle is cryptically sharing your results with your pals. I don’t bother much with the sharing part myself, but I’ve enjoyed quietly comparing my vocabulary victories to other people on my Twitter timeline. Apparently not everyone enjoys it as much as me, because one anonymous sourpuss decided to create a Twitter bot that spoils the next day’s answer.

It started when software engineer Robert Reichel successfully reverse-engineered the game’s code earlier this month, which can be used to reveal what the next day’s word will be. He shared his process in a super interesting blog post, along with the method for others to replicate. Unfortunately the casual curiosity that inspired Reichel to reverse-engineering the code gave another programmer the tools to cause mischief.

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