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PostSubject: Twitter Tries To Block Malicious Worms   Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:04 am

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Twitter has patched a flaw in its website that was being exploited to pump out pop-up messages and links to porn sites.

Initially, users only had to move their mouse over a message containing a link - not click it - to open it in the browser.

The code was spread by worms, self-replicating, malicious pieces of code.
Thousands of users were caught out by the flaw, including Sarah Brown, the wife of the UK's former Prime Minister.

"The exploit is fully patched," Twitter said on its status blog.
People using third-party Twitter software - such as Tweetdeck - were unaffected by the problem.
The flaw comes just one week after Twitter rolled out a major redesign of its site.

The code exploited what is known as a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability, a flaw in a website that can be exploited by relatively simple code.

In the case of the most recent flaw, the command - written in a programming language called Javascript - automatically directed users to another website, some of which contained pornography.
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PostSubject: Re: Twitter Tries To Block Malicious Worms   Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:29 am

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