Science & technology
Twitter restores TweetDeck service
Publish Date: Jun 11, 2014
Twitter restores TweetDeck service
  • mail
  • img
newvision

TWITTER took its browser-based TweetDeck service offline Wednesday as it wrestled with a vulnerability that criminals exploited to tweet script-filed messages to victims' feeds.

"We've temporarily taken TweetDeck services down to assess today's earlier security issue," Twitter's TweetDeck account reported.

An hour later, the service was back up and running. "We've verified our security fix and have turned TweetDeck services back on for all users. Sorry for any inconvenience," TweetDeck said, again on Twitter

A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability was to blame, researchers quickly said.

"This vulnerability very specifically renders a tweet as code in the browser, allowing various cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks to be run by simply viewing a tweet," said Trey Ford, a security strategist at Rapid7.

"The current attack we're seeing is a 'worm' that self-replicates by creating malicious tweets."

The vulnerability primarily affected users who had installed the TweetDeck Web app designed for Google's Chrome browser, but there were scattered reports that the bug also impacted the Windows client application and the Web app for Firefox.

Twitter itself, including its website-based feed and those it served to its own and third-party desktop and mobile clients, was unaffected.

Earlier Wednesday, TweetDeck urged users to log out of the service, then log back in, a process that was meant to clear users' sessions and thus prevent any additional malicious tweeting.

Some who followed instructions, however, continued to see unauthorized tweets on their feeds.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Facebook adds
Facebook on Thursday launched a new feature that automatically provides tips about places where members of the social network might be, potentially challenging review websites like Yelp....
Google takes hit on slower-than-expected growth
Google profit jumped in the recently ended quarter, but the leap fell short of market expectations as smartphone-centric lifestyles brought with them a shift to cheaper mobile ads....
Apple ties with Samsung as world
Apple caught up with Samsung as the world's biggest smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter of 2014, thanks to booming sales of its new iPhone 6, market researcher Strategy Analytics said...
Samsung posts first annual profit decline in three years
Samsung Electronics, the world's largest smartphone maker, posted its first in annual net profit in three years...
Apple profit hits record on
Apple's quarterly profit rocketed to a corporate record $18 billion at the end of last year on booming sales of big-screen iPhone s, especially in China....
How Microsoft Windows Azure can save your start-up time
You may have heard of Microsoft Azure, spoken about in IT circles with words such as SQL, .Net, and software-as-a-service (SaaS)....
Do you agree with the new tax on private schools?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter