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Thousands of Twitter accounts wide open after TweetGif hack

Part of a database containing the credentials for more than 8,000 Twitter accounts, apparently obtained from the TweetGif image hosting service, is currently circulating online. The extract contains access tokens and the associated access token secrets which can be used to access users’ Twitter accounts.

Users log into the third-party TweetGif app using their Twitter account, and Twitter then provides TweetGif with an access token. This token allows TweetGif to access the user’s Twitter account in perpetuity without having to request permission each time it wishes to do so.

The tokens remain valid even when the account password is changed. As a precautionary measure, anyone who has used TweetGif in the past is advised to revoke the service’s access rights under Settings ➤ Apps on twitter.com. The LulzSecReborn Hacker group has already claimed responsibility for leaking the user data. The group was also responsible for publishing data from the MilitarySingles.com e-dating web site and from security services provider CSS Corp earlier this year.

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Facebook profiles can be hijacked by Chrome extensions malware


Cybercriminals are uploading malicious Chrome browser extensions to the official Chrome Web Store and use them to hijack Facebook accounts, according to security researchers from Kaspersky Lab. The rogue extensions are advertised on Facebook by scammers and claim to allow changing the color of profile pages, tracking profile visitors or even removing social media viruses. Continue reading Facebook profiles can be hijacked by Chrome extensions malware

Study: BlackHole appears, Conficker remains

Eighty-five percent of all malware is web-based, and some 30,000 websites are newly infected with malicious code each day, according to Sophos’ “Security Threat Report 2012.”

The study (PDF), which polled 4,300 security professionals, found that while threats such as rogue anti-virus are dropping, there is an increase in drive-by downloads, by which users are infected with malware simply by visiting legitimate sites that have become compromised. Continue reading Study: BlackHole appears, Conficker remains