Compromised Twitter accounts spam out money-making adverts

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Compromised Twitter accounts are once again being used by criminals to spam out adverts to unsuspecting users.

In the latest attack, Direct Messages (DMs) have been sent between Twitter users promoting a “make money fast” website.

A typical message looks like this:

I made $XXX today – check out how I made it
[LINK]

(In the examples we have had reported to us, the amount of money has varied)

Clicking on the link takes the unsuspecting recipient to a website which claims, in breathless tones, to help single mothers and teenagers to make “thousands of dollars” every day.

The likelihood is, however, that all that will happen is that you end up out of pocket if you invest in the site’s Home Wealth Formula.

Interestingly, the website tries to attempt to customise its content to appear more attractive to you. For instance, I visited the site from Sophos’s British HQ in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and the website duly described itself as the…

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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