Is Al Gore asking permission to spam from your social networking account?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Is this spam or not? I’m finding it hard to decide.

But there’s certainly something about it which makes me feel uncomfortable with my security hat on.

Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project is encouraging social networking users to “donate” their online accounts for what they call “24 hours of Reality”.

During that time, the organisation will be able access your Twitter and Facebook account and post information about climate change and a global awareness event they are holding on September 14th with the aim of focusing attention on the “full truth, scope, scale and impact of the climate crisis about climate change”.

All the Climate Reality Project needs you to do is authorise its application so it can post Facebook status messages and Tweets in your name.

You’ll still be able to use the social networks as normal – it’s just that a few times an hour you will find messages…

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.

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