Twitter Exploit Made Everyone Spammers

If you’ve visited twitter.com recently, you may have inadvertently spread some spam. Earlier today an exploit using javascript and the onHover event. Basically, if you put your mouse over a link it would cause you to automatically retweet it. The link would actually lead to random websites. You know the type of website, porn, foreign, scams, etc. Some of the links could actually cause you to retweet the spam if your mouse was anywhere in the window. Fortunately, Twitter got wise to it pretty quickly, but for a while, Twitter was rife with spam. As I (ironically) Tweeted earlier, the site is safe now. I’m just glad I use TweetDeck instead of actually going on the website. This isn’t generally more secure, but today, it was.
via Gizmodo

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