Pharmaceutical spammers pose as Twitter warnings

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

With the rising popularity of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, it’s no surprise that cybercriminals might attempt to take advantage. With so many people addicted to instant updates from their friends and online pals, there can be no doubt that many people click on links apparently sent to them from those services with barely a second thought.

One thing to be on the look out for, are emails which claim to come from Twitter, saying that there are “warnings” connected with your account:

Subject: You have 3 warning(s) from Twitter

However, the links don’t really point to the Twitter website. The spammers have used HTML to pretend that the link goes to Twitter, but if you did hastily click on the link without due care and attention you would actually be taken to a Canadian pharamcy website attempting to sell you drugs such as Cialis and Viagra.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen spammers posing as Twitter, and it won’t be the last…

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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