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Thursday Threat Report: Tweetdeck hack, how to tell if you're GameOver infected, and how to stay safe in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Welcome to ITProPortal's Thursday Threat Report, where we round up the three greatest security threats facing Internet users, smooth-running enterprise, and occasionally even the survival of the world as we know it. Hold onto your hats - things are about to get scary.

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Last week Microsoft boasted of aiding law enforcement in the take-down of the GameOver botnet, one of the leaders in the theft of banking information. However, Microsoft was not the only tech entity involved, and the death notice may have been a bit premature.

In order to patch up infected systems, the company has set up an online test for computers that will check for the infection, and it literally takes only a couple of seconds. Head over to their site to check it out!

Details of how it works are revealed in the announcement, for those interested in the technical aspects behind this. F-Secure says it is the first time it has used this particular technology.


With football fans from around the world heading to Brazil for the World Cup 2014, it's no surprise that security concerns have been raised. Between drugs gangs in the lawless favelas, opportunistic criminals and civil unrest, it's safe to say that this won't be an uneventful world cup.

If you're heading to Brazil for the football, make sure to kit yourself out with these apps that will help you stay safe.

Tweetdeck decked

Twitter has patched up a security flaw in TweetDeck, an XSS cross-site scripting vulnerability which allowed an attacker to remotely execute Javascript code.

And when the vulnerability came to light yesterday, it was certainly used, with many thousands of users being treated to comedy pop-up messages, and forced retweets of the bug. Indeed, there were some 83,000 retweets of the script according to ZDNet, which hit some pretty major Twitter accounts like the New York Times and BBC Breaking News. At first it was thought that the vulnerability was just in the TweetDeck Chrome plugin, but then reports came in of other users being affected in terms of IE, Firefox, and the Windows app.

However, it seems the fix didn't work – or folks didn't follow that advice – and the exploit continued to spread, which led to Twitter taking the service down for a while: "We've temporarily taken TweetDeck services down to assess today's earlier security issue. We'll update when services are back up."