Twitter phishers are after your password

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Twitter has warned its ardent users to be on the lookout for dangerous direct messages, which could lead to cybercriminals phishing their account login details.

As SophosLabs briefly reported earlier today, the offending direct messages take the form of:

hi. this you on here? http://blogger.djh****.com

(We’ve obscured part of the url as it wouldn’t be a good idea for you to visit the page.)

If you did make the mistake of thinking that one of your Twitter friends was sending you a link to, perhaps a funny photograph, you would be presented with what appears – on first glance at least – to be the Twitter login page:

However, this is a phishing page – designed to grab your Twitter username and password as soon as you enter them. In this case the cybercriminals don’t even seem to have made much effort to hide the fact that the site is dodgy – the domain name they have chosen doesn’t…

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.