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Big News (yawn) – Twitter Hacked, Fixed?

Twitter Hack – What, how and what’s next from Symantec Hosted Services

How – The “hackers” used a new exploit of a flaw in JavaScript which took advantage of the way Twitter handled Javascript updates.  Most of the exploits seen used the “onmouseover” trigger, which meant that all a user had to do was move the mouse over a tweet and the code would run*.

Most would just repost the same thing to your own wall, some would repost and redirect the user to another site. There were some examples of users being redirected towards porn sites. The fact it only needed a cursor to move over it is why it spread so very rapidly all over the world, before people knew what was happening.

What Now?Twitter appears to have fixed the flaw, so users should be safe.  Those who are still concerned, can disable Javascript in their browser, or use a client program (such as an smartphone app) to access Twitter as these are not affected by the exploit.

For more on this, see: Cross-site scripting Twitter attack causes chaos

* emphasis mine.

Huh. Using social networking sites can be dangerous to your computer. Who knew? (Actually folks, the Evil Doers can do this to pretty much any website. They’re just targeting Twitter and Facebook because that’s where the people are.)

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September 22, 2010 - Posted by | computers


  1. Another Hacker…all this Hacker Stuff is so on-going…now Java Script, Twitter…all is so Counter Productive!

    We/I need this info./reminders… of what is happening in the Tech World, since I OFTEN ONLY scan stuff… with my rushed days and all…

    Thanks Paul



    Comment by Gaia | September 23, 2010 | Reply

    • Well, Gaia, yes.. “hacking” is “counterproductive to us average citizens — but it is very “productive” to military and intelligence agencies (computers run communications, control traffic, commerce, oil and gas distribution lines, factory assembly lines), corporate spies (I read recently that it is estimated American companies suffered a trillion dollar loss in “intellectual property” last year), and criminals (who are picking our pockets by the billions each year).

      There is a much bigger picture to consider.


      Comment by techpaul | September 23, 2010 | Reply

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