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Twitter bug allowed strangers to view tweets from protected accounts

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 20:41

Zee Media Bureau

Washington: Micro-blogging site Twitter has said that it has fixed a bug that allowed unauthorized people to read tweets from some protected user accounts for the last four months.

The bug had been present since November 2013 and that the security flaw had put some 93,788 protected accounts `at risk` enabling non-approved followers to read tweets via SMS or push notifications.
According to Tech Crunch, protected accounts are readable by those who`ve been manually approved by the account`s owner.

“As part of the bug fix, we’ve removed all of these unapproved follows, and taken steps to protect against this kind of bug in the future,” said Twitter information security director Bob Lord in a blog post.
Although the social networking site didn`t dig deep in the details, they clarified that any unapproved followers who found their way in via this route should now be removed.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 20:41

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