Vulnerability in Adobe Flash leaves Twitter users info prey for hackers
Mike Bailey, is the senior security analyst with Foreground Security of Orlando, Fl says that he discovered this problem. Bailey says this is a widely know problem in Adobe System's Flash programming language.
Bailey contacted Twitter about this flaw that leaves Twitter users login credentials vulnerable to hackers. And says that the flaw can be remedied in just a few hours by changing the way the site is programmed.
Adobe(NASDAQ: ADBE) says it has told programmers how to address this flaw which was discovered originally in 2006. Despite being given the bulletin operators at some of these site did not seem to respond to the warnings from Adobe.
The popularity of the microblogging site has grown steadily making it a target for hackers looking to spread harmful software to Twitters millions of users. Bailey says that as simple as this attack is he has been detecting them allover the place.
An incident last month where a hacker briefly hijacked and redirected the Twitter site and redirected it to another claimed to be connected with a group calling itself the Iranian Cyber Army. This was a high profile attack from a cyber terrorist who stole credentials to the account Twitter uses to route its traffic did so without compromising credentials of any Twitter users.
Bailey contends that from his analysis of the site show that Twitters site could have been vulnerable to attacks from hackers for more than a year but there is no way to say for sure that the hackers had actually gained access by the Adobe flaw.
At the Black Hat security research conference in Washington on Feb.2 he is scheduled to discuss his research on the Twitter flaw.