Twitter finally released a “Stalkers” app? No, it’s a phishing scam

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Twitter users are being hit today by messages claiming to link to a new app from Twitter which will track your stalkers.

However, the messages are really designed to steal your Twitter usernames and passwords.

Here’s a typical message that users are seeing:

Twitter finally released an app that tracks your "Stalkers" get it here [LINK]

If you click on the link you are taken to what appears to be a legitimate Twitter page, asking you to confirm your username and password before the "Stalkers" app can access your account.

However, if you look at your browser's URL you will see that the page is not hosted by Twitter at all.

If you make the mistake of entering your username and password then you will handing over the keys to your account to phishers, who would then be able to use your account to read your private messages, send messages (perhaps spam-related or containing malicious links) to your followers.

Worst of all, if you're one of those...

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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