Mikeyy is a similar Twitter exploit to yesterday’s StalkDaily. It can be removed pretty easily if you are infected.
(To see if you are infected, check your profile timeline for Mikeyy-approving tweets you didn’t submit yourself. They should be pretty easy to spot.)
How To Remove Mikeyy
- Close down any exernal Twitter clients (i.e., TweetDeck or Tweetie).
- In your Twitter settings page, delete anything suspicious that you did not add yourself. Check everywhere carefully, but it’s usually in the URL or location fields.
- Consider resetting your password on Twitter. There is no evidence that these hacks are malicious enough to break into your Twitter account, but why take the risk? You may also like to clear your cookies and cache (which can be found in your browser’s settings).
- Once done, log back out of your account and then back in. If Twitter has locked your account, or does so in the future, you will have to ask for a password reset.
Mikeyy is not being hidden in shortened URLs, but you may wish to avoid clicking on these from sources you do not absolutely trust in case the URL takes you to an infected profile or other varient of the exploit. Likewise, avoiding visiting user profiles on Twitter or within TweetDeck until Twitter has said with absolute certainty that the threat has passed. Monitor Twitter’s status page for updates.
UPDATE: There have been some reports that infected profiles are visible by rolling your mouse over their username on Twitter.com. If infected, code is sometimes visible after their username in the URL bar. This can help you to avoid infected profiles.
These tips will likely work for any similar exploits on Twitter. You should also take all necessary precautions to protect yourself in the future.
(Lynne Pope has more detail and additional steps you can take at her blog.)
APRIL 12 UPDATE: Twitter has commented on the steps they took and are taking to handle these exploits on their official blog. As of 2130 GMT, and judging by instances on Twitter search, Mikeyy seems to have been defused. Panic and hyperbole remains – help out Twitter by forwarding concerned users to this blog. Thank you. 🙂
APRIL 13 UPDATE: (1000 GMT) Mikeyy seems to have returned en masse (Twitter search), likely with a new strain. Twitter is once again addressing the situation. Meantime, you can take the steps above to remove Mikeyy if you are infected. Please share this post with all your friends on Twitter. Thank you. 🙂
APRIL 17 UPDATE: A new strain of Mikeyy returned to Twitter. The cure remains the same. 🙂