Script wreaks havoc on MySpace
Rains down spam, opens door to users' accounts
These people also may have managed to spam about 1.5 million MySpace accounts, according to a Google Search. They pulled off the latter feat in less than three weeks by collecting thousands of passwords, according to one of the operators, in a venture that would appear to violate numerous terms governing the use of the social network.
Spam on MySpace appears to be reaching epidemic levels. Another barrage of junk messages appears to have affected 145,000 MySpace accounts, according to a separate Google search. ("I need you to do this for me, i want to get a free iPhone so i have to get 50 of my friends to go to the thing below and have them put their zipcode in," it reads. "If you could do that it'd be sooo awesome. THANks!!")
Stalkertrack.com advertises a free and upcoming service that tracks the people who visit a client's MySpace profile. Users are required to divulge their MySpace login credentials, and until we interviewed one of the site owners, terms of service permitted Stalkertrack to log in to MySpace users' account and send each friend spam messages promoting the site, according to this Google cache. (Those terms were removed in the last 24 hours.)
MySpace has been under fire for an onslaught of worms, pedophile come-ons and phishing attacks over the past few months. While its 90 million-strong user base makes it a favorite target for many miscreants, a host of decisions about the site's technical underpinnings make their job easier.
What's more, MySpace hosts authentication cookies and user-maintained pages on the same domain, making it harder to prevent cross-site-scripts like the one used by Stalkertrack, says Randolf Jorberg, the quick-spotting security professional.
We repeatedly called and emailed MySpace representatives to ask if they were aware of Stalkertrack. We got no response. [Social? Networking? Hardly - Ed.]