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Tweetdeck back online after Twitter identifies hijack vulnerabilities


By John Glenday, Reporter

June 12, 2014 | 1 min read

Twitter has restored its popular Tweetdeck service after uncovering a coding error last night on some versions of the software, which saw it activate Javascript contained in tweets, leaving those users vulnerable to hacking.The vulnerability exposed millions of accounts to threat of hackers forcing the social media site to take the service offline whilst its software teams raced to fix the flaw.Most exploits of this back door into Twitter’s back-end uncovered thus far have been more of a nuisance than a threat however, with one generating re-tweets of the original message and self-propagating over the service whilst another changed the Tweetdeck font to Comic Sans.In the hands of an experienced hacker however the loophole could be exploited to take over accounts, post tweets, unfollow and follow others.In a tweeted statement Tweetdeck said:

Tweetdeck was purchased by Twitter for £25m in May 2011.
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