Twitter suffers from a security flaw, recovers from a security attackSeptember 21st, 2010 - 10:27 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Sep 21 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The popular social networking and micro blogging site Twitter suffered a major security attack on Tuesday.
Officials at Twitter admitted that the site had indeed suffered an XSS attack, and the website was doing its level best to fix the issue with the help of a patch.
And ironically the top trending topics on Twitter were “mouseover security flaw” and even “Twitter got hacked”. Twitter engineers are working round the clock on the patch and hope to be out with it soon.
Even the White House was affected with the bug. Robert Gibbs verified Twitter account suffered from the attack, and later the Press Secretary tweeted that his account had gone haywire and he is contacting the tech guys over the issue.
According to the SecureList Blog, they noticed that there were around 100 posts per second, during the dreaded security attack. They are of the opinion that the high number of posts were clearly linked to the security flaw.
Security Blog Sophos spoke on the issue and said that many third party websites, which partner with Twitter, take ample advantage of the security flaw. It sure is a serious problem for Twitter since it has over 145 million users and also manages to lure more than 350,000 new users to its site daily.
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