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TweetDeck Got Hacked And People Are Seeing The Word 'Penis'

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 11/06/2014 Dino Grandoni
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TweetDeck suffered a big hack on Wednesday that forced the service to shut itself down for all users.

We've temporarily taken TweetDeck services down to assess today's earlier security issue. We'll update when services are back up.

— TweetDeck (@TweetDeck) June 11, 2014

For those who don't know, Tweetdeck is a popular program used by Twitter obsessives to manage multiple Twitter accounts and sift through the daily torrent of tweets. If you're still logged in to TweetDeck, you should log out now and go to your Twitter settings in order to revoke access to the app.

A security issue that affected TweetDeck this morning has been fixed. Please log out of TweetDeck and log back in to fully apply the fix.

— TweetDeck (@TweetDeck) June 11, 2014

The vulnerability lets hackers push alert boxes containing any random text to tweeters. Naturally, Twitter users are seeing vulgarities:

Tweetdeck XSS

— Andreas Lindh (@addelindh) June 11, 2014

Lots of them:

Als ich #TweetDeck geöffnet habe und dieses Fenster sah, fühlte ich mich schon fast persönlich angegriffen^^

— • (@Negiert) June 11, 2014

And some Rickrolling:

hackers from 2007 are currently rickrolling ppl on TweetDeck tho

— Anthony B. L. Smith (@AnthonyBLSmith) June 11, 2014

And for whatever reason, this tweet of a heart has been retweeted several thousand times as a result of the bug:

— *andy (@derGeruhn) June 11, 2014

Twitter bought TweetDeck for a reported $40 to $50 million in 2011.

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