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Posts Tagged ‘Malware’

Are You Sending Spam Direct Messages? It’s Time To Check (And Stop)

Aren’t spam direct messages (DMs) annoying?

The ones offering “free gifts” (someone please tell me when aren’t gifts free?) or asking you to connect with them on another platform (I do that!) are bad enough, but the ones that link to malaware are downright dangerous!

The first step in stopping these annoying messages is for the folks sending them to realize they’re doing so. Are you SURE you’re not one of them?

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No, That Is NOT You In The Video, Please Do Not Click That Link

Have you received a direct message (DM) on Twitter recently claiming to link to a video of you that was taken without your permission?
Well, the reason “you didn’t see them taping you! lol” is because they didn’t. There is no video of you. But there IS a pretty nasty little piece of malware waiting for you on the other side of that link!

Twitter’s History with Malware, a Timeline [Infographic]

As soon as something becomes popular, it seems, people find a way to do something malicious with it. And Twitter is no exception. Twitter has seen concerted malware efforts since as early as April 2007, according to this infographic.
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ALERT: Another Twitter Security Threat Spreads Through Goo.gl Links

There’s another worm that’s making its way around Twitter today. This two-day attack is pretty long-running in the face of dozens of attacks that last only a few hours. It has taken over certain goo.gl links, and we’ll tell you how to avoid it below.
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ALERT: New Malware Worm Spreading Via Twitter – Beware Of Goo.gl Links

A new worm full of malware hit Twitter late last night, and it has people on alert today. This new malware attack uses Goo.gl links to spread, and it is hitting mobile Twitter users.

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ALERT: Holiday Trending Topics Could Be Used For Spreading Malware

PandaLabs, the anti-malware treat-finding branch of Panda Security, has uncovered a disturbing new security breach that hackers seem to be capitalizing on: targeting Twitter’s Trending Topics. Hackers are using holiday-themed Trending Topics to target a wide range of Twitter users with links that contain malware. We have more details on the security threat and how you can avoid it below.
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HOWTO: Protect Yourself On Twitter (Lessons Learned From The StalkDaily/Mikeyy Worms)

UPDATE: This article was written prior to the return of the Mikeyy virus, but the advice remains relevant and is good practice.

Thus far, nobody really knows what happened yesterday on Twitter with the StalkDaily explot. There’s been some speculation and the good news was that Twitter moved quickly to eliminate the problem. A 17-year old by the name of Mikeyy Mooney has claimed credit for the script, and looks responsible for the latest one that is doing the rounds (or is being scapegoated/glorified).

Twitter claims that nothing was jeopardised and I’m inclined to believe them. Still, when I recommended folk reset their passwords yesterday I was quite surprised at how many responses I got claiming that this course of action was either unnecessary or mad.

Here’s what I think: even if there was no risk to your password, why take the risk? If StalkDaily or whoever was responsible managed to find a way to add a script to my profile through a loophole on Twitter, what’s to stop them, or that script, doing something else?

Surely a policy of ‘better safe than sorry’ applies in all cases like this? You can always change your password back if you later discover there was no threat to your security. Hindsight is twenty-twenty.

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