A 19-Year-Old Caused Tweetdeck Shutdown


An Austrian teenager says he accidentally exposed a security vulnerability in TweetDeck, which caused the social-media dashboard to temporarily shut down while it worked on a fix.

A 19-year-old, who goes by the name Firo Xl on Twitter, said the incident wasn’t a hack and found the XXS vulnerability on Wednesday morning after sending a tweet. At 8:05 a.m. ET, @Firoxl tweeted the word “Test” that included javascript tags and a heart emoji. Writing in German, he added the message, “I wonder if this will work.” His tweets were first discovered by tech site The Verge.

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