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.

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

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