ROFL Twitter phishing attack is no laughing matter

Graham Cluley

While leading lights in the computer security industry were engaged in a yodelling competition (yes, really) at the Virus Bulletin conference in Geneva last night, an attack designed to steal the login details of Twitter users was in progress.

Users of the micro-blogging service reported receiving direct messages containing messages similar to the following:

rofl this you on here?

As SophosLabs reports on its blog, clicking on the link takes unsuspecting Twitter devotees expecting to see a webpage referred to them by an online friend to what appears to be a Twitter login page:

Of course, it’s nothing of the sort. This page has been created by the bad guys with the sole purpose of phishing Twitter usernames and passwords, which will then be used to compromise more accounts. Careful examination of the URL in the message would reveal that…

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, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.