Twitter is in damage control mode as it recently discovered a major flaw that enables website to display pop-ups and other elicit links. However Twitter has been fast to react to the situation in which it has released a patch to solve the problem.
According to Twitter “Users may still see strange retweets in their timelines caused by the exploit. However, we are not aware of any issues related to it that would cause harm to computers or their accounts.” However users will not need to change their passwords as their information will not be compromised.
Twitter claims that hackers had exploited its cross-site scripting (XSS), in which links were being directed to other, elicit websites.
The self-replicating code or worm seems to have been developed by a developer called Magnus Holm. According to him he has simple created a smaller version of the self replicating code that was then attached to other messages. He did not mean to do any harm. It was when other hacker used to code to send links to other websites, that the issue got noticed.