White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was one of many Twitter users whose accounts were infected Tuesday with a virus spreading around the popular microblogging site.

Here are some tweets that came through Gibbs's feed:

PressSec RT @doog_: http://t.co/@"onmouseover="document.getElementById('status').value='RT doog_';$('.status-update-form').submit();"class="modal ...

PressSec RT @UchihaBlood: @anafree I really think something is seriously wrong with twitters servers they are running scripts directly frm the st ...


The social media site Mashable reported that the bug was caused by a security flaw on Twitter.com. Users are unknowingly being directed to third-party websites simply by scrolling their mouse cursors over offending links.

Twitter reported later Tuesday morning the problem has been fixed.

Gibbs apologized for any bugged tweets, writing: "My Twitter went haywire - absolutely no clue why it sent that message or even what it is...paging the tech guys..."

Users were advised to use Twitter through third-party clients, such as TweetDeck and HootSuite, instead of on Twitter.com.

Rep. Rob WittmanRobert (Rob) Joseph WittmanOvernight Defense: Iran talks set up balancing act for Biden | Pentagon on alert amid Russian saber rattling | Lawmakers urge Pentagon to be pickier about commanders' requests for more troops Battle heats up over Pentagon spending plans Marine Corps commandant says China, Russia to pose biggest challenges for years MORE's (R-Va.) account was also attacked:

RobWittman http://a.no/@"onmouseover=";$('textarea:first').val(this.innerHTML);$('.status-update-form').submit();"class="modal-overlay"/

-- This post was updated at 10:27 a.m.