Twitter mouse-over flaw spawns potentially dangerous links
- — 22 September, 2010 00:40
A security flaw has made Twitter's Website a chaotic and potentially unsafe place, filled with annoying pop-up windows that activate just by rolling the mouse over another user's tweets.
But according to Sophos, the Twitter hack could be used to send people to malicious third-party Websites. Sarah Brown, wife of former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, for example, has inadvertently sent users to a Japan-based hardcore porn Website.
For now, Twitter users should either access the site from a third-party client, such as TweetDeck or Seesmic, or use mobile.twitter.com, to which the exploit does not apply.
Users who were already granted access to the new, redesigned Twitter.com should not run into this exploit.