Spammers play dirty – hijack Twitter accounts once again

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Spammers are up to their dirty tricks once again on Twitter, using compromised accounts to send direct messages to unsuspecting users of the micro-blogging network.

A number of Twitter users are reporting receiving private direct messages (known as “DMs” in Twitter-parlance) from friends and acquaintances on the Twitter system. Example messages include the following:

lol it’s amazing. look and feel great with [link removed]

>whoa this works. i feel good and look good. [link removed]

Clicking on the links take you to a website offering a colon cleansing solution, which apparently can help you shed pounds:

If you scroll down the webpage you are offered testimonials and promotional videos, promoting the wonders of having your colon cleansed by the company’s miracle product.

It’s possible that the spammers are affiliates of the website, skimming money off the top – the more people they get to visit the site and enter their personal…

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.