Flirty phishing? 24/female/horny has just Twitter-spammed you

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Plenty of Twitter users must be finding the spate of spam and phishing attacks that have plagued them this week pretty tedious by now.

The latest message being spammed out claims to come from a young woman:

hi, i’m 24/female/horny… i have to get off here but message me on my windows live messenger name <username>@hotmail.com

Hilariously, this message is being sent from hacked Twitter accounts that belong to middle-aged, male and.. well, I can’t easily verify the other attribute.. users.

It’s hard to believe that anyone with an ounce of common sense would fall for a message like this, inviting them to connect via Windows Live Messenger (the instant messaging system formally known as MSN Messenger), but maybe some would out of curiousity and intrigue.

It’s not to be recommended though, because whoever was prepared to spam you might also be prepared to lure you via instant messaging chat into visiting an adult website, or send you a…

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.