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Security flaw takes down Twitter's TweetDeck

Published on Jun 12, 2014 6:41 AM
The Twitter logo in front of the New York Stock Exchange in November 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Twitter said on Wednesday it briefly took down its popular TweetDeck application to view and manage messages because of a security flaw, which prompted some calls to stop using the programme.

Some experts said the vulnerability could be exploited by hackers, and reports cited instances of people's TweetDeck accounts hijacked on the Chrome browser.

The popular messaging platform said it discovered "a security issue that affected TweetDeck" and temporarily took the service offline, telling users: "Please log out of TweetDeck and log back in to fully apply the fix." After a period of confusion and complaints about the fix not working, Twitter announced, "We've verified our security fix and have turned TweetDeck services back on for all users. Sorry for any inconvenience." Independent security analyst Graham Cluley said the issue was "a potentially serious security flaw" and added, "It is easy to imagine how someone could take advantage of it with malicious purposes." "In my opinion, TweetDeck isn't safe to use until the flaw has been fixed," Mr Cluley said in a blog post.

"So you need to quit TweetDeck right now, and revoke its access to your Twitter account." It was not immediately clear if Twitter's fix had patched the flaws in the browser versions of the programme.

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