Bad guys want your Twitter passwords – don’t be phished via a DM attack!

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

We continue to see Twitter users being targeted by criminal campaigns designed to phish passwords for the site. The problem is that often they are disguised as direct messages (DMs in Twitter parlance) from your online friends.

The latest attack comes in the form of a DM from one of your Twitter acquaintances:

when did you make this video? its hilarious, cant stop laughing lol [LINK]

It’s the sort of message that many Twitter users may feel very tempted to click on. After all, it’s come directly from one of your Twitter buddies, and if it’s really a video of you that’s hilarious you probably want to see it for yourself.

If you click on the link you are taken to Twitter’s login page, where you are asked to confirm your username and password.

Woah! Did i say that was Twitter’s login page? I mean, it sure looks like Twitter’s login page – but if you take a careful look at the address bar you’ll see that you’re not at twitter.com but (in…

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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