Worms Take Clickjacking to a New Level on Twitter

I’ve never been a big fan of Twitter. I could never get beyond that tiny character limit. I just ramble too much, so it doesn’t work for me.

That aside, I think it’s a cool service and I understand why so many people use it.

What disappoints me, though, is how many people seem to think that it is a completely safe community that allows them to follow links with impunity. As if the people on Twitter (which, if recent polls are correct, is everyone in the world but me and a handful of people in China) were all good natured and never thought about how they might use this increasingly popular service to screw a bunch of people over.

Yeah, I hate to bust your bubble, but popular places in the virtual world are just like popular places in the real world: they attract criminals.

A group of researchers say that they have created a worm virus for Twitter that kind of acts like a clickjacking attack on steroids… AND crack. If that sounds like an overstatement, then check this quote from Lance James, one of the researchers at Secure Science who said that

You can couple an attack with our code and it would just tear the crap out of Twitter

Just lovely. Kind of makes you wonder why these researchers spend their time making computer viruses that could tear the crap out of anything. It’s like those biologists who intentionally make viruses that don’t exist yet.

What’s the point?

The point is defense. If security experts can stay ahead of clickjackers, then they have a much better chance of stopping nefarious technologies as soon as they are released. Still, it’s kind of a frightening though.

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