I just started a Twitter worm
- The Norwegian Programmer Who Started This The New York Times' Riva Richmond reports, "The first worm of this kind appears to have been launched Tuesday morning by Magnus Holm, a Norwegian Ruby programmer who uses the Twitter handle @judofyr. ... In an e-mail, Mr. Holm said he created the worm 'because I wanted to experiment with the flaw,' which he says was already being exploited by others. 'The purpose was simply to see if it was possible to create a worm.' His worm turned the text in the post into black blocks to hide the dangerous text. Mr. Holm said his worm spread to at least 200,000 users. ... Mr. Holm described his worm as 'harmless,' but it appears to have inspired more malicious attacks by others."
- Could Have Gotten Much Worse Computer security expert Graham Cluley warned while the problem was still ongoing, "It looks like many users are currently using the flaw for fun and games, but there is obviously the potential for cybercriminals to redirect users to third-party websites containing malicious code, or for spam advertising pop-ups to be displayed."
- Not Twitter's First--Or Last--Worm Attack BBC's Jonathan Fildes writes, "It is not the first time the service has suffered an attack. In April 2009, another worm spread links to a rival site, again showing unwanted messages on infected user accounts. Mr Cluley said that Twitter needs 'much tighter control' over what users can contain in a tweet to prevent similar problems in the future. ... 'We've seen it in the past,' he said. 'When Twitter says they have fixed a flaw, we see a new exploit again and again.'"
- Robert Gibbs, Sarah Brown Both Hit In a demonstration of social media's power as a great leveler, both White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Sarah Brown, wife of former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, fell victim to one of the Twitter worms.
My Twitter went haywire - absolutely no clue why it sent that message or even what it is...paging the tech guys...
don't touch the earlier tweet - this twitter feed has something very odd going on ! Sarah
don't know what everyone else got, but my bug sent me an advert for a weight loss program - as if that would work!
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