If you’re an avid user of TweetDeck, you may notice that you likely can’t get access to it. That’s because Twitter has taken it offline. If you look at TweetDeck’s latest tweet, which was issued about 4PM EDT, it simply indicates that they are looking into an “issue”.
But indicated by the sheer number of other tweets by tweeps in the twitterverse, you’ll quickly discover that the issue just might be a big whopping disaster. A number of reports have been circulating indicating that the shutdown was due to a security issue. Others are reporting that the application has a major bug, one that opens up access to hundreds of accounts.
Discovered by Toronto User
TechCrunch reported that an Australian user Geoff Evason discovered the problem. (Evason confirmed to me via a tweet that he actually lives in Toronto, and that his Twitter profile was just a tad out of date)
Evason found that by simply logging in to his own account and without doing anything else that he in fact had instant access to hundreds of other’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.
The report indicated that he sent out a tweet trying to get TweetDeck’s attention, with a screenshot showing the avatars of the accounts he had access to. He then apparently posted a tweet via one of the accounts to further show proof.
A post by Matthew Panzarino from the Next Web said they had confirmed that the web version of TweetDeck was in fact offline, but also indicated that apparently older desktop versions of the software, the old Adobe AIR version as well as some Android based apps were still functioning. Some also reported that they accounts were functioning as long as they had not logged out.
No Official Word
Other than saying it’s down with that last tweet, there has been no official announcement from Twitter as to what transpired or as to how long TweetDeck will be offline. So we we really don’t know who or how many accounts have actually been affected.
TweetDeck is an application that you can run via the web, via PC or Mac app or mobile device. It allows you to customize, filter and manage multiple Twitter and your Facebook accounts with more flexibility and insight for power users.
Twitter acquired TweetDeck just last May for roughly $40 million dollars – ouch!
UPDATE: Mar 31, 2012 12:15AM EDT TweetDeck reported to be back up and running after being down for 8 hours. No explanations have been given as to what has transpired.
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