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Symantec Warns of Facebook Security Flaw

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2011

As if Facebook doesn’t have enough vulnerabilities, Symantec researchers are now saying that an old Facebook bug may have provided access to millions of user’s photos, profiles and other personal data. Researchers estimate that this flaw has affected hundreds of thousands of applications, exposed user access tokens to advertisers and others.

So what is the fix? It’s as simple as changing your password. So you might want to do that right away just to be safe.

17-year old boy and Japanese developer linked to Twitter security flaw

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2010

A 17-year old boy from Australia claims to be responsible for that Twitter security flaw yesterday. He might have accidentally set the whole thing off. According to reports, he might have exposed the security flaw by tweeting a piece of code related to the onMouseOver JavaScript function that caused a pop-up to appear when a user moved his mouse over the message.

The code was quickly modified to perform all kinds of unsavory tasks, some malicious. He claims that he modified the idea from another user (a Japanese developer) who used the code to make his tweets colored. Twitter had been notified of the flaw before, and it was patched, but a recent update caused the flaw to rear it’s head again.

Twitter ‘onmouseover’ security flaw

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2010

If you’re a Twitter user, the site has been exposed to a serious JavaScript exploit. The JavaScript onMouseOver exploit happens when you hover your mouse over a tweet. It will then redirect your browser to a website that contains malicious code, or adult websites. Apparently it also creates messages that you didn’t write.

The flaw currently only affects twitter.com, so if you’re tweeting using third party programs, you’re fine. Twitter has been working on a fix and apparently it has just been patched.