Twitter users swamped by TheSmartECard messages

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

It seems that Twitter is becoming a major new playground for spammers and malware authors keen to target social networking users. Today we are seeing a new series of messages being posted to the streams of hundreds of unsuspecting Twitterers:

You’ll like this one! Check out www.TheSmartEcard.com

and

Retweet: You’ll love this one! Check out www.TheSmartEcard.com

Note that the “retweet” isn’t really a retweet as it says “love” whereas all the original messages seen so far say “like”.

Twitter’s security department have described the problem as a “scam/phishing site” rather than a virus problem.

Hopefully it should be obvious from the website’s opening page of legalese banning staff from Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, Microsoft and Google, that something odd is afoot – even before it starts to quiz you for personal information. But if not, let me…

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.