Twitter phishing attack spreads via Direct Messages

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Twitter users are reporting receiving direct messages (DMs) from other members of the network, cheekily asking if it is them who is pictured in a photo, video or mentioned in a blog post.

Various versions of the dangerous messages include:

is this you in the video?

is this you in this picture?

check this out… it’s a funny blog post. you’re mentioned in it.

Clicking on the link attached to the message can take you to what appears, at first glance, to be the Twitter login page.

But take a closer look, and you’ll see that the website isn’t the real twitter.com. The url is wrong.

If you make the mistake of entering your username and password on the page, in the hope of seeing the picture or video or blog post about you, then you could be handing your login credentials to cybercriminals. They could then use the information to spread scams further across the network, spam out…

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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