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What happens when Tweetdeck gets hacked

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By: Herb Scribner, Deseret News

Tweetdeck just got hacked Wednesday.

And the online community panicked for a minute.

Buzzfeed ran a story that looked into what Twitter users were saying about the hacking of Tweetdeck, a popular online app that allows people to schedule tweets across multiple accounts. Not only did people post images of what the hackers wrote to the users in a short pop-up message - a lot of users saw themselves retweet a random heart emoticon, too - but they also posted their own reactions to the hacking, according to Buzzfeed.

“As for what caused the hack, basically there was a vulnerability in the Tweetdeck code that stops Javascript from becoming text,” Buzzfeed's Ryan Broderick reported.

Twitter proceeded to take the popular app offline to protect its users, many of whom decided to log out on their own accord, USA Today reported.

No one from Twitter responded to the situation to USA Today, but Tweetdeck itself did tweet an update that said a security problem caused the application to go down. By logging in and out, the problem should be fixed, USA Today reported.

"Tweetdeck appears to have jumped on this issue and patched it, but we're still seeing it spread like wildfire through Twitter," said Trey Ford, a security expert from Boston, to USA Today.

The hacking has happened to people using Internet Explorer, too, USA Today reported.

“It was originally reported that the vulnerability only affected the app's desktop program and only when it was run on Google's Chrome browser,” USA Today reported. “However users on other platforms, including Internet Explorer 9, are also reporting getting hacked.”

If you have the Tweetdeck desktop app for Mac or Windows, then you're probably safer than those using the application extension through Google Chrome, Business Insider reported.

“The vulnerability currently affects Tweetdeck's browser plug-in for Google Chrome,” wrote Dave Smith for Business Insider. “It apparently doesn't affect the desktop app for Mac or Windows, but you're safer logging out and logging back in again just in case.”

So what else can you do to keep your account safe? India Hill of WachFox offered a couple different tips, including logging out of Tweetdeck and removing access to Tweetdeck from your Twitter account.

“To prevent being affected by further attacks, always log out of your applications once you leave your computer or your phone,” Hill wrote.

Of course this was soon after it was announced that Tweetdeck allows users to schedule picture tweets.


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