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 Twitter.com. 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.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


WRDW.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 103432504 - wrdw.com/a?a=103432504
Gray Television, Inc.