Yesterday, a Twitter account run by the New York Times was the latest high profile victim of an account hack.
The Moment, a fashion blog from the New York Times, which has over 510,000 followers on the micro-blogging network, fell foul of spammers who broke into their account and posted the following message:
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A couple of hours later, The Moment regained control of their account and posted the following explanation for the out-of-character Tweet:
Of course, it was never likely that a Twitter account with so many followers was going to remain under the control of hackers for long – but the spammers probably didn’t care about that. After all, if just a small percentage of people followed the link to check out…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.