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.
A security issue that affected TweetDeck this morning has been fixed. Please log out of TweetDeck and log back in to fully apply the fix.— TweetDeck (@TweetDeck) June 11, 2014
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.
We've temporarily taken TweetDeck services down to assess today's earlier security issue. We'll update when services are back up.— TweetDeck (@TweetDeck) June 11, 2014
The problem was reportedly fixed by about 11 a.m.
We've verified our security fix and have turned TweetDeck services back on for all users. Sorry for any inconvenience.— TweetDeck (@TweetDeck) June 11, 2014
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.