Careless Twittering can lead to identity theft

Graham Cluley

I have a friend called Harry (not his real name, for reasons which will become obvious) and in the last week or so he’s had his very own experience of being on the sharp end of identity theft.

Someone has been going into banks in his home town and withdrawing cash over the counter from his account, obviously without his permission. This has happened on a few occasions now. In some cases as much as £500 has been taken from accounts which Harry rarely uses.

Of course, he’s been in touch with his bank (who say that yes they do have CCTV, but they only turn it on when they think something suspicious is happening..) and the police, and hopefully nothing more will be stolen.

But, understandably, he’s got a bee in his bonnet now about capturing the culprit and inflicting various degrees of torture with cheesewires, half a pound of lard and some old Barry Manilow LPs.

You can therefore imagine my surprise when Harry, who is a bright enough chap, posted the following on Twitter this…

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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, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.