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ESET Comments on Twitter Mouseover Vulnerability

ESET : 23 September, 2010  (Technical Article)
Website redirection flaw on Twitter demonstrates vulnerability of code enabling websites to open whilst hovering over a link with the mouse
Following today's high profile hack of Twitter, Randy Abrams, director of technical education at anti virus software company ESET provides some further thought and analysis about how the 'mouseover' attack works and the threat it has posed to users.

"In a worst case attack, the mouseover vulnerability could redirect you to a website that would then attempt to exploit any number of other vulnerabilities to gain complete control of your computer.

Another potential use would be to redirect you to a website for rogue AV software. In this attack you would point your mouse at a tweet and the next thing you would see is a web page that appears to be scanning your computer and telling you it is infected."
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