06/11/2014 02:17 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

TweetDeck Got Hacked And People Are Seeing The Word 'Penis'

TweetDeck suffered a big hack on Wednesday that forced the service to shut itself down for all users.

For those who don't know, Tweetdeck is a popular program used by Twitter obsessives to manage multiple Twitter accounts and sift through the daily torrent of tweets. If you're still logged in to TweetDeck, you should log out now and go to your Twitter settings in order to revoke access to the app.

The vulnerability lets hackers push alert boxes containing any random text to tweeters. Naturally, Twitter users are seeing vulgarities:

Lots of them:

And some Rickrolling:

The security hole was discovered by a 19-year-old Austrian teenager named Florian, CNNMoney reported. He said he stumbled upon the vulnerability after tweeting the ♥ symbol, which inadvertently opened up a security hole that other hackers could exploit.


This entry was updated with information on the identity of the teenager who discovered the security bug.