China's 'Twitter' Sina Weibo hit by virus

By Yan Pei
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The Sina Weibo, launched in late 2009, encounted its first virus attack on June 28, 2011.

The Sina Weibo, launched in late 2009, encounted its first virus attack on June 28, 2011.


China's 'Twitter' Sina Weibo hit by virus


Sina Weibo, China's Twitter-like microblogging service, was hit by a hacker attack around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, affecting over 30,000 users, the National Business Daily reported Wednesday.

Many Weibo users received private messages or comments containing malicious links that when clicked would post another malicious link on their microblog automatically. The deception thus became a vicious cycle infecting more and more users.

Users affected by the virus automatically followed a Weibo user named "hellosamy," who is believed to be the maker of the virus. The account had more than 30,000 followers when Sina Weibo finally located and deleted it.

The incident is the first attack on Sina Weibo since its launch at the end of 2009.

The virus was based on a cross-site scripting XSS vulnerability allowing it to insert malicious html code into Web pages. Sina Weibo has been going all out to promote its open platform strategy recently. Experts believe the attacker may have used loopholes in that platform.

By 9:25 p.m., Sina Weibo announced that it had cleared all elements of the virus, adding that users' personal information, including their account passwords, were not compromised. 

6月28日晚间8时许,新浪微博突然出现大范围用户 “中毒”现象,超过3万名用户被感染,每日经济新闻报道。






China's business press carried the story above on Wednesday.



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