Invited to change your Twitter profile’s header image? Beware, it could be drug spam

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Inventive spammers are up to their old tricks again, desperate to do whatever it takes to get you to click on a link to their websites.

The latest campaign we have seen involves messages which, to all intents and purposes, look like they have come from Twitter.

Certainly, without close inspection, there’s nothing much to be suspicious about in regards to the email (although maybe they would have been more convincing if they had managed to reference your Twitter name if you have one).

Subject: Because you have more to show

We have something for you…

New Twitter profiles

Make your profile beautiful with a header image. Browse your new photo reel. Check out what other people are doing with their profiles.

The emails invite you to update your Twitter profile, to include the new format profile images that the micro-blogging site is attempting to push onto a slightly underwhelmed userbase.

But in…

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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