The first network worm spreading in the social network Twitter

 
April 17, 2009, 2:47 pm

 
the first network worm spreading in the social network twitter   Kaspersky Labs reported that its protective solutions successfully detects all versions of the worm Net-Worm. JS. Twettir, extending the social network Twitter.
Best-selling social network Twitter - a system of communication in real time by using short text notes. Starting from Saturday, April 11, in Twitter spread malware Net-Worm. JS. Twettir.
The worm used a vulnerability in the software Twitter, allow cross-site scripting attacks (XSS) and modify the pages of user accounts. Infection happened when you visit a page on your site retrofit Twitter, or by clicking on hyperlinks in a fake message, sent on behalf of Twitter. This scenario is performed malicious JavaScript.
In the following days in the Twitter distributed several versions of the worm, and thus, several waves of infection. Currently, according to administrators Twitter, all of the vulnerability of the service closed. Evidence that the worm steals sensitive information or cause any more damage visible to users who do not.
The author of Net-Worm. JS. Twettir called the 17-year-old resident of New York Mickey Mooney (Mikey Mooney). In an interview with news portal BNO News, he said, created an XSS-worm from boredom, to specify a web developer for vulnerabilities in their products, and in order to advance his own site, a reference to which he gave false reports to Twitter.
According to a leading analyst of Kaspersky Lab`s virus Rudder Shovenberg, the new worm does not have the complex functionality and does not bear a serious security threat, since it does not steal personal data. The problem, he believes, lies elsewhere - in the ability to run malicious scripts when using these common and become usual interactive elements like buttons and hyperlinks.
The incident with Twitter confirms the importance of growing threats from social networking. So, according to an annual analytical report on the development of Kaspersky Lab`s threats in 2008, the effectiveness of the spread of malicious code in social networks is about 10%, significantly higher than that of traditional methods of distribution of malware via email (less than 1%). This is caused by excessive credulity of users of such networks and is still lack of protection of services.

 

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