The big news yesterday was an epicXSSflaw onTwitterthat sent the micro-blogging service into chaos. They actually made an announcement during the hack that users should stay off the web-site and use 3rd party services through the API (Softwaresuch as Tweetdeck, Seesmic, Gravity etc).
They posted an update on thestatus blogpretty fast that the XSS had been identified and they were in the midst of patching it.
Hackers have exploited a flaw inTwitter, which results in pop-ups and third-party websites being opened despite users simply hovering over links with their mouse.
Graham Cluely fromsecurityfirmSophos said in a blog that at present the flaw is being exploited for “fun and games” although “there is obviously the potential for cybercriminals to redirect users to third-party websites containingmaliciouscode, or for spam advertising pop-ups to be displayed”.
Cluley advised Twitter users to avoid using the Twitter website and instead rely on a third-party client such as Tweetdeck to access the service.