Posted On 21 Sep 2010
One of the most popular websites on Internet, Twitter, suffered an XSS attack on Tuesday morning, and is currently being fixed with a patch.
It happened early in the morning when the phrase “Twitter got hacked” became the top Trending Topic (most discussed phrase) worldwide on its home page. Users filled the site with tweets regarding a “mouseover security flaw”, to which Twitter responds on their official blog that they expect the patch to be working shortly and will notify users soon.
The security flaw apparently makes other websites to pop up and when the mouse is over a link, it opens third party websites automatically. However, the problem was being experienced on Twitter’s official website only, www.twitter.com, and not in third-party client applications such as Tweet Deck and Twhirl. The popular website has less than five years on-line but is already being visited by 370,000 new users daily and has more than 145 million users subscribed.