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Sep
21
2010
Twitter and Microsoft Security Concerns Maranda Gibson

Twitter and Microsoft Security Concerns

It is a day of security warnings for computer users everywhere with both Twitter and Microsoft experiencing concerns after flaws were discovered in their programming.

Mashable reports that a Twitter bug was exposed last night, a security flaw that allows for an “onmouseover” attack. Basically, the security flaw will display third party websites and pop up ads, even if all you do it hover your mouse on the bad link. According to the Mashable reports, the flaw is mainly being used to launch pop ups and redirect users to inappropriate content.

Twitter announced that they have rolled out a patch to fix the problem, but the attack on the Twitter web interface is a reminder of security concerns. This is not the first time that Twitter has found itself vulnerable to the nefarious (if not ingenious) attacker; to the point that some of us have grown used to the “fail whale” that indicates internal problems with the Twitter servers.

Bigger problems seem to be going on with Microsoft who has warned of vulnerabilities in their .NET framework, affecting XP, Vista, and Windows 7. .NET is used to create websites and this vulnerability can be exploited to display encrypted text or even allow a savvy hacker to change the text. The official advisory from Microsoft addresses that they are researching the cause and how to address a fix, either rolling out a fix in their monthly updates, or with an “out of cycle” security update.

Microsoft is also warning that history has shown, once flaws are exposed publically there is a rise of attacks and assures consumers they are working as quickly as they can to resolve the problems. You can follow their security updates on Twitter to update as more information is uncovered and as they continue to work out a fix for the issue.

With all of the recent security concerns that seem to plague every corner of the internet, are you less likely to share any information? Do you think that these security concerns have always been this great of a concern or do these breeches just get more attention now thanks to sites like Mashable and the demand for social media responses from companies?

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