Fake TweetDeck update preys on Twitter users

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

It was a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK meaning that we had the pleasure of a longer break than normal, with Monday not being a normal working day.

But it appears that at least one bunch of criminals weren’t resting on their laurels as they spread links pointing to what they claimed was an update to the popular Twitter client, TweetDeck.

  • Hurry up for tweetdeck update!
  • Update TweetDeck! Bank Holiday
  • Critical tweetdeck update Bank Holiday
  • Sorry for offtopic, but it is a critical TweetDeck update. It won’t work tomorrow!

The tweets are being posted from hacked Twitter accounts, and do not link to a legitimate update for TweetDeck. Instead, unsuspecting users are putting themselves at risk of infection by a Trojan horse which Sophos detects as Troj/Agent-OOA.

TweetDeck has…

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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