Twitter hack opens popups, causes havoc

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new way to cause mischief is spreading through short-messaging service Twitter as mysterious "tweets" of blocked-out text propagate themselves and cause popup windows to open.

The hack spreading Tuesday morning is extra nefarious because the tweets activate without being clicked on -- it's enough for Web surfers to move their mouse cursors over them.

However, the hack only affects visitors to Various third-party programs used to send and read tweets appear to be unaffected.

The popups can contain malicious code that could take over poorly protected computers.

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