Unicorn hacks into TweetDeck

SAN DIEGO - Twitter was forced to take its TweetDeck application offline Wednesday after it was hacked, forcing thousands of users, including 10News, to unwillingly retweet a message that contained a long string of code, hearts and a unicorn.

The hacked message was retweeted more than 39,000 times.

At about 9:30 a.m. TweetDeck posted a message that stated that the security issue had been fixed, and asked users to log out and then back in to their accounts.

However, at about 10 a.m. it posted a message stating that it had taken the service was taken offline. Twitter itself was still functioning properly, however.

The problem was reportedly fixed by about 11 a.m.

Trey Ford, a global strategist for the security firm Rapid7, told Business Insider that the breach specifically renders a tweet as code in the browser.

"The current attack we’re seeing is a 'worm that self-replicates by creating malicious tweets. It looks like this primarily affects users of the Tweetdeck plugin for Google Chrome."

TweetDeck is a service that allows users to manage several accounts at one time.



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