Watch out for tweets about a banned Lady Gaga video, currently spreading across the Twitter network.
The tweets are being posted by rogue applications, that users are allowing to access their profiles in the belief that they will get to view a prohibited video of Lady Gaga
VIDEO PROHIBIDO LADY GAGA banned [LINK] @shakira @ladygaga como ganar dinero facil
(Please note that the precise wording can vary)
If you make the mistake of clicking on the link you are taken to a fake YouTube webpage.
Of course, you believe that you’re going to watch a banned video of Lady Gaga so you might very well click on the play button.
Doing so, however, asks you to grant permission to a third party app which wants to connect with your Twitter account.
Don’t, whatever you do, give it permission to continue. Because if you do, your account can now be accessed by third parties – who will be able to post messages in your name to all of your followers.
Hopefully the fact that the messages we have seen so far have all been in Spanish may reduce the impact of this particular attack.
Interestingly, it seems that Lady Gaga herself has been having trouble with these Twitter hackers.
The eccentric songstress, who has more followers on Twitter than anyone else in the world, posted a message yesterday saying:
Whoever is hacking my Twitter must answer to 10 million monsters and Twitter police. #Don’tMakeMeCallTheApostles
Whoever is hacking my Twitter must answer to 10 million monsters and Twitter police. #Don'tMakeMeCallTheApostles
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) April 27, 2011
Although the singer quickly deleted the rogue tweets that had upset her so much from her page, I was able to discover them cached elsewhere on the net:
TAROT de shakira [LINK] clarividente de @shakira #horoscopo ganar dinero navegando
VIDEO PROHIBIDO LADY GAGA @ladygaga [LINK] ganar dinero navegando
The bit.ly links used in the messages posted to Lady Gaga’s Twitter page linked to the same fake YouTube page, and were created by the same person who appears to be behind the rogue application attack.
Is it possible that Lady Gaga, or the staff who manage her Twitter account, fell for the scam themselves? And that’s why the rogue message appeared on Lady Gaga’s Twitter page?
Lady Gaga has over 9.6 million followers on Twitter, making her the most popular person on the network (yes, beating even Justin Bieber..) and a prize goal for any scammer who wants their scammy spammy links to be spread to as wide an audience as possible.
If you were unfortunate enough to grant a rogue applications access to your Twitter account, revoke its rights immediately by going to the Twitter website and visiting Settings/Connections and revoking the offending app’s rights.
Don’t make it easy for scammers to make money in this way, and always exercise caution about which third party apps you allow to connect with your social networking accounts.
If you’re on Twitter and want to learn more about threats, be sure to follow me at @gcluley.