Your Online Timer survey scam spreads rapidly on Twitter

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

More rogue applications are catching Twitter users off their guard today, helping scammers earn money by spreading links that point to online surveys.

Following other attacks this weekend, which saw users spreading messages about a girl who killed herself and how addicted they were to Twitter, new messages are appearing on Twitter claiming to count how long users have been members of the tweeting service:

I have spent 379 days, 9096 hours on Twitter. How much have you? Find out here: [LINK]

The amount of time shown differs between users, so you may see different numbers.

The messages, posted by an application called “Your Online Timer”, include a link which – if your Twitter followers click on it – will encourage them to…

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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