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

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).

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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 this case the emails don’t come from Twitter at all. Because if you click on the links you are actually taken to a “Canadian pharmacy” website claiming to sell sexual enhancement drugs.

Canadian pharmacy website

My guess is that the emails have been stolen lock-stock-and-barrel from a genuine Twitter communication, and just the links have been changed.

You should always be careful to check where a link is taking you, especially when contained in an unsolicited email, before you click on it.

In this case, it could just have easily linked to a bogus Twitter login page – asking you to enter your username and password – or a website hosting malicious code designed to infect your computer.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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