Within seconds of the news breaking that Pope Benedict XVI was to resign, spam began to appear on Twitter taking advantage of the story.
Messages using the hashtag #pope – but with no connection whatsoever with the developing news story of the first Papal resignation for hundreds of years – have sprung up on the social network.
Most of the messsages are being posted from accounts which feature images of young women in a state of undress (rather than a state of distress, which is what you would devout expect Catholic followers of @Pontifex to be feeling right now).
What is happening here is what we see every day on Twitter – whether there is a Papal resignation or not.
Spammers scoop up the hottest trending topics on Twitter and use the popular phrases to sprinkle amongst their tweets – in the hope…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.