Hundreds of thousands of Twitter accounts appear to have been compromised by hackers, who have spread spam promoting an Acai Berry diet.
Typical spam messages included:
I lost 9lbs using acai! RT This! [link]
Lost 10lbs using acai berry! RT This! [link]
The messages appeared so quickly that initial reports suggested that simply visiting the webpage linked to in the messages might automatically post the message from your own Twitter account, however the truth may instead be connected to a high profile password hack that came to light on a different website over the weekend.
According to Del Harvey, Twitter’s director of trust and safety, the messages appear to have been posted from accounts where users were using the same password on both Twitter and the recent Gawker website hack. (Note that their are many…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.