Twitter warns users of Koobface worm

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Koobface, the worm which has previously troubled social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, hi5, Bebo and Friendster, appears to now be making itself comfortable on micro-blogging website Twitter.

A warning from Twitter has been posted on the site’s blog, warning users that their accounts may be suspended if it is believed that their PCs have been compromised by the worm.

Dangerous messages that have been seen include:

My home video :)
Watch my new private video! LOL :)

and exhibiting some topicality (albeit combined with rather poor grammar):

michaeljackson’ testament on youtube

Obviously, we do not recommend clicking on the links, and you should know by now that virus…

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.