On April 12, 2009 by Anand Subramanian. · 3 comments so far
Its on now. some kind of a XSS attacking virus called Mikeyy Virus is on the loose on Twitter that infects your account if you visit a infected users page. The infected account then posts messages with junk on it. An example of number of ppl affected can be found by a search on twitter.
Do not visit pages which send these kind of tweets on your timeline.
Update #1: Twitter accounts are safe as per experts. It seems to happen all the time with Orkut and other sites all the time.
Update #2: To get out of the Mikeyy hack, reset your twitter settings. Delete your cache.
Update#3: Twitter has said that they have been able to contain the spread of this virus, but just to be safe, consider using a twitter client like tweetdeck since these viruses spread only when you visit the webpage.
Updatel #4: Now there are tweets that say “Mikeyy is done” and “Twitter should really fix this.”. So, I am guessing, its still on the loose.
Update #5: Still on the loose with the following messages:
- This worm is getting out of hand Twitter. – Mikeyy
- This is all Twitters fault! Don’t blame Mikeyy!!
- Twitter, your community is going to be mad at you… – Mikeyy
- Twitter, freaking fix this already. >:[ – Mikeyy
And a tweet that says protect yourself from mikeyy, click this. DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINK on Twitter!
Looks like its sending out the message:
- Twitter, hire Mikeyy! (718) 312-8131
But the frequency in the public timeline is getting reduced. Guess Twitter is back in control.