The following status updates were observed, causing unsuspecting user feeds to fill up with images of rainbows:
After hovering over the mouseover code:
Here are some of our observations on this attack:
- The malicious string can be automatically sent to followers, continuing the distribution of the tweet in a worm like fashion.
- Strange messages appear with giant letters, dialog boxes reading “Hello”, blacked out tweets, etc.
- Anyone visiting their profile may be redirected to another web address.
This particular attack could have been nasty in the hands of skilled cyber criminals, but fortunately the Twitter staff have already patched the site against this and future attacks like it.