9/21/2010

Twitter says suffered security attack

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 2:10 pm

Twitter, the popular social media website for broadcasting short messages, said on Tuesday it has suffered an XSS attack, a security flaw on its website, which it is fixing with a patch after users complained.

The Twitter site was flooded with tweets by users complaining of a “mouseover security flaw” or “Twitter got hacked” as the top trending topics on the home page.

Twitter said on its status blog it expects the patch to be fully rolled out shortly and will update users when it is.

According to a blog by security firm Sophos, the website is being widely exploited by users who use a security flaw which allows messages to pop up and third-party websites to open in a browser just by moving a mouse over a link.

 

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