Menshn Security Vulnerabilities Exposed
Users say Louise Mensch’s “on topic” Twitter rival is a security nightmare
Menshn, an alternative to Twitter created by Conservative MP Louise Mensch, has experienced a tidal wave of vulnerability reports after its co-founder Luke Bozier tweeted that the website is “safe, clean & secure”.
Menshn launched in the UK on Sunday, after being tested in the US for about a month. The website was opened to the British public ahead of schedule to take advantage of the trending Euro 2012 tournament topic.
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Menshn is jointly-owned by Mensch and the former Labour digital adviser Luke Bozier. It was designed to focus on political debate in real-time, condensed in 180 characters or less.
The same vulnerability was confirmed by other Twitter users. Some have claimed that the website allows easy access to personal details and is the perfect platform to start a viral outbreak.
In addition, Twitter integration on the site crashed within two hours of UK launch.
We should also mention that today, TechWeekEurope has experienced serious stability issues while trying to access Mensh.
— Andrew White (@pixeltrix) June 24, 2012
Bozier has defended the site, saying that people were simply ‘claiming’ that they had found flaws, and the service was secure.
After ignoring security advice for a while, the Menshn team decided to heed the warnings and at the time of this story being published, it was claimed that the XSS vulnerability has been fixed. The website has also switched to HTTPS encryption by default.
However, it seems that Menshn controversy is far from over:
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