Twitter, which has more than 145 million users and an average of 370,000 new users per day, has fixed the security flaw after the cyber attack that took place on Tuesday. This prominent social networking website is especially used by its fans to transmit short messages of 140 characters or less.
On Tuesday, the homepage of Twitter was flooded with complains of Twitter fans under the heading of “Twitter got hacked.”
However, the user information was not compromised in any manner and EDT announced at around 10.30 am that the attack had been “fully patched” and the security flaw was successfully fixed. The hackers could not increase the risk further and EDT ensured the safety of all user information.
According to the security technology company Sophos, the users, who hijacked Twitter sent messages to third party website to pop up when the message was opened by moving the mouse over the link.
However, Sophos does not have any formal business contract with Twitter website and they revealed that the message had spread without any permission of users.
A Sophos technology consultant, Graham Cluley stated, “It was pretty bad — we saw it hitting thousands of people a minute”. He did not take part in recovering this problem and he further explained that the worst result of this security flaw is redirecting of users to a Japanese porn site.
Both Twitter and Facebook, which are the most popular social networking websites, have been hacked in the past and users are advised to be vigilant about the safety of the websites. The easy and rapid sharing of content including the videos, and photos make the spreading of the computer virus expedite within a short period of time.
However, the users of TweetDeck and Twhirl, which are the third-party Twitter applications, were not affected by the flaw.
Further, this security fault can attack the foremost websites including Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. when the users consume online resources.
In addition to this security fault, another security flaw of Twitter was reported in April 2009, and it was fixed after few attacks of the viruses. Therefore, it is more evident that Twitter needs a higher security system to avoid the misuse of user information and any other distortion of data and information
If Twitter is equipped with a higher security system, these attacks can be effectively contained at the entry level.