Twitter users swamped by TheSmartECard messages

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

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

Spam message directing Twitter users to TheSmartECard website

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 just say that visiting the website is not recommended.

Website of TheSmartECard

Anyone who has passed on their credentials to a third party website like TheSmartECard would be wise to change their passwords at the earliest opportunity.


Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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