(KXAN/GIZMODO) — TweetDeck services were down while computer gurus tracked down what caused Wednesday morning’s security issue, causing many users to send out bogus tweets. The popular Twitter feed application returned around 1 p.m.
A bit of potentially malicious code, called XSS, was tweeted prompting TweetDeck users to involuntarily retweet it nearly 40,000 times.
TweetDeck turned to Twitter to update it’s users about that to do and eventually shut off access to the application while the security flaw was patched.
Update: All Clear for TweetDeck users
While TweetDeck posted that “a security issue that affected TweetDeck this morning has been fixed,” many were left confused about what had just happened.
According to Gizmodo, TweetDeck for Chrome had an “XSS vulnerability that allows attackers to execute code remotely on your computer just by tweeting it out.”
They advised to immediately log out of the social media dashboard application that manages Twitter accounts.
While TweetDeck reportedly gave the all-clear — with instructions to log out and log back in to make sure everything was fine — Gizmodo says they’re “having mixed results with the ‘log out and then log back in’ fix, and still seeing a few pop-ups here and there on different machines.”
Gizmodo added: “If you want to be safe, it’s probably best to stay logged out for a big longer, especially if you run across any pop-ups.”