BRB I’m eating Twitter spammers :)

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

In the last hour or so a stream of new accounts have been created on Twitter, with some curious similarities.

All of them have tweeted precisely twice so far. The first occasion they said “Hii” and they followed that up with

Brb, eating :)

For those not fluent with txtspk, BRB means “Be right back”.

As you can see below, there are dozens of these accounts – all with profile pictures of young women.

My guess is that this horde of newcomers to Twitters are the work of automated bots, planning to follow hundreds of users in the hope that they will be able to entice innocent parties to follow them back in return. Indeed, some of them already have followers despite not having posted anything meaningful.

Now, I’m going to do my bit and make use of the new spammer reporting feature on Twitter

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.