Canadian Pharmacy spammers set up shop on Twitter

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

At the beginning of this month I received an email telling me about someone new who had started following me on Twitter.

Their name was @canadianshop, and it was immediately apparent that they were promoting a Canadian online pharmacy via their account. These kind of websites are frequently promoted in email spam.

Like every other time you receive a new follower on Twitter, the service reminds you that you can report them for spam:

If you believe canadianshop is engaging in abusive behavior on Twitter, you may report canadianshop for spam.

But for once I decided not to. After all, this account was clearly spammy and I was curious to see how long it would take before someone else reported them and their account was suspended.

That was 24 days ago. And despite the @canadianshop account making no attempt to hide who they are – even their background wallpaper uses familiar imagery used in hundreds…

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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.