Acai Berry spammers hack Twitter accounts to spread adverts

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Hundreds of innocent user’s accounts on the Twitter micro-blogging service appear to have been hacked by spammers.

A typical message posted on the compromised accounts will say something similar to the following:

Howdy my friend! I just lost 13 pounds in 12 days. It only costs me $5. Take a look at this: http://[random].cn

If you do click on the link you get taken to a website with a .cn tld (top level domain) like the following:

Some victims of this latest Twitter hack attack are noticing that their account is sending Acai Berry spam, however. Take this example, for instance, where the user has apologised for the security breach on his account:

The question is – how have these accounts on Twitter been hacked? At the moment, that’s not clear. But what is evident is that users need to take more care with their Twitter passwords.

If your account on Twitter has been compromised, make sure you change your password to a non-dictionary word…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.