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Twitter fixes 'rare' bug that opened protected tweets to all

It was known since November, but took just four hours to fix
Mon Mar 10 2014, 16:46

MICROBLOGGING WEBSITE Twitter revealed on Sunday that it fixed a 'rare' bug over the weekend that allowed unauthorised users to view tweets from protected accounts.

According to Twitter, the bug allowed non-approved followers to view the tweets of almost 94,000 protected accounts - accounts not usually visible to Twitter users unless the user has approved them first.

Perhaps most alarming is the fact that this bug has been allowing users to snoop on tweets via SMS or push notifications since last November. Despite this, Twitter claims it took just four hours to patch.

Twitter said in a blog post on Sunday, "We were alerted to and fixed a bug in our system that, for 93,788 protected accounts under rare circumstances, allowed non-approved followers to receive protected tweets via SMS or push notifications since November 2013. As part of the bug fix, we've removed all of these unapproved followers, and taken steps to protect against this kind of bug in the future.

"While the scope of this bug was small in terms of affected users, that does not change the fact that this should not have happened. We've emailed each of these affected users to let them know about this bug and extend our whole-hearted apologies.

"We also want to thank our white hat security community, a member of which helped us discover and diagnose the bug. These folks help us keep Twitter safe for everyone."

This news comes just days after it was revealed that Twitter sent some of its users password reset emails for no apparent reason, sparking fears that the website had been hacked. µ


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