Twitter's "onMouseOver" flaw affected thousands of accounts
By Stela Roman
A new Twitter security flaw has been widely exploited on thousands of Twitter accounts
The function called “onMouseOver” flaw is the exploit occurred when someone moused over a link. The bug was turning tweets different colors and causing a pop-up box with text to appear when someone hovered over the link in the Tweet.
On their official blog, Twitter said that the exploit affected Twitter.com and did not impact their mobile web site or their mobile applications. « Users may still see strange retweets in their timelines caused by the exploit. However, we are not aware of any issues related to it that would cause harm to computers or their accounts. And, there is no need to change passwords because user account information was not compromised through this exploit», was written in the same post.
Tuesday's hack coincided with Twitter's ongoing rollout of a redesign of its website, which tries to streamline users' Twitter feeds and make it easier to see photos and videos directly on the site, without having to click on a link to YouTube or Flickr.