Hack of Hyatt Twitter account by Acai Berry spammers is a warning for us all

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

As more and more businesses embrace social media to promote their brands and provide services to their customers, there’s obviously a need to keep those accounts secure.

After all, if – for instance – a branded Facebook page is hacked you might find that thousands of your online “fans” are suddenly on the receiving end of scams, spams, or posts simply designed to damage your company’s reputation.

The point was brought home rather well this weekend, when a Twitter account associated with the Hyatt hotel chain was briefly compromised by spammers:

The message sent out from the Hyatt Concierge account, claimed to offer a miraculous way to lose weight with Acai berries.

An amazing new weight loss product! It worked for me and I didnt even change my diet! [LINK]

If you were tempted by the apparent recommendation by Hyatt for a diet and visited…

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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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