Phishing Scam Targets (Dumb) Twitter Users Opening DM’ed Links

3068BDE6-B29D-4431-A9F1-9F051FD065B7.jpg

It had to happen sooner than later:

Phishing Scam Spreading on Twitter | Chris Pirillo: “A few minutes ago, I received a direct message from one of my twitter followers:

“hey! check out this funny blog about you… jannawalitax . blogspot . com”

DO NOT VISIT the URL in question. It will redirect you immediately to a suspicious domain
: twitter . access-logins . com – notice the subdomain? “

Twitter needs to deploy a trusted login system for 3rd party apps instead of relying on users to always input their usernames/passwords. Soon.

Oh, and don’t open DM links from people you don’t know. Why in the world would someone do that?? Did we not all learn our lesson from email? Sigh.

Maybe this will cause more people to slash-and-burn the people they are following to actual people they know and/or trust (like I did last month) rather than binging on thousands of follows.

[Updated: This comment on Chris’ post is the voice of reason in the Twitter wilderness:

Best way to avoid these kind of situation is to not ‘follow’ everyone! Its just pointless as there is no way you can ‘really follow’ every single one of them..It just causes an information overload and makes this ‘useful service’ not so useful anymore..

If you are not following that person, he shouldn’t be able to send you a DM….Right? So if you follow people carefully, you can actually control how much ’spam’ you get.

Following everyone is like ..giving away your home address to everyone you meet so that they can send you Junk.

Preach it, Saad Kamal.]

68D41E4B-511A-40F2-AE65-F67218650E40.jpg

10 thoughts on “Phishing Scam Targets (Dumb) Twitter Users Opening DM’ed Links

  1. When I saw that “HEY! If you get an email masquerading as a DM with a link it could be 'Phishing'” note added to Twitter, I wondered exactly the same thing you've mentioned, Sam: how could people be so naive as to click links sent to them by someone they do not know? They are one of your Twitter followers. So what? Haven't you (not directed at anyone specific) ever received an e-mail from Bank of America or PayPal, or Amazon, saying that your account has been hacked, or your password has been changed, and you must click a link to fix it? It is just sad to see that scammers still have their responsive “target audience”…

  2. No doubt. Great points. Hopefully people will wake up and realize that spammers and not-so-nice people use things like Twitter as much as they use email or IM. This reminds me of the “I have a Mac so I'll never get a virus” mentality that causes people to really let their guard down.As wonderful as it is, the web has a large and nasty underbelly. You have to be smart or you'll end up in big trouble.

  3. You know what, Sam? I have just received a spammy Twitter DM from someone I actually know personally… It seems to be more complex than I thought, but doesn't change the rule that we've been following with phishing e-mails (disguised as pieces of PayPal, Amazon, etc correspondence): if you are not sure — do *not* click it, but either log into your account and check what's going on, or e-mail the person that sent you the message to double-check with them.

  4. Hi, I just noticed something about your code. If the user is to enter a negative amount and deposit it, they would get more gold than they had in http://www.chase.com their hand and get a negative bank value.Just thought I'd point it out.

  5. April’s 50 points increase by the Reserve Bank was considered by many analysts to be the fi nal straw in breaking the housing market’s back. In nominal terms house prices still showed 8,7% year-on-year growth in March, according to Absa’s House Price Index. But with infl ation at 9,4% this relates to -0,7% in real terms. This is the fi rst time since June 1999 that real year-on-year house price growth was negative. The retail banks’ prime rate is now 15%, and it’s likely to go higher. Infl ation is running wild, fuelled mainly by food and oil prices and their knock-on http://www.chase.com effects – and the Reserve Bank governor, Tito Mboweni, is determined to bring it down towards his infl ation target range of 3%-6%. Now, economists are suggesting that the Bank will raise interest rates again in June and in August. In effect, the Bank has no other weapons in its monetary arsenal. Unfortunately, higher rates tend to lure short-term foreign capital as the rand strengthens

  6. There is another link under the category of personal finance but it has nothing to do with finance. If you have difficulties in making payment, you can click the link named wachoviabank.com. You will have an expert helping you to fix your problems and you don’t have to go out of your home to get the service. What you need to do is to choose a button between the two “call us today” and “we’ll call you”. Don’t you think this service shows the attentiveness and consideration of the Wachovia? It’s really good in my opinion.

Leave a Reply