WARNING: Twitter Phishing Scam Spreads by Direct Messages

Posting this because I got a direct message from an @a_howdz on Twitter, and I knew straight away that it was a scam, but I wanted to make sure. When I got home, I found this page and am spreading it around so others don’t get suckered! Have faith in yourself, and don’t worry about what other people think of you!! If you stay true to yourself, and believe in yourself, people who try to use your insecurities against you won’t be able to succeed! <3

WARNING: Twitter Phishing Scam Spreads by Direct Messages

"A nefarious link that hacks Twitter accounts is being circulated via direct messages. The DM says, “There is a rumor/blog going around about you [LINK] might want to read it.”

There may be slightly different versions of the link circulating, but if you click on it, all of your followers will be spammed with the same message, and your account will be compromised.

This certainly is not a new problem; we’ve seen similar phishing scams and worms under the guise of being able to see who’s viewed your profile and acai diet schemes. To prevent your account from being hacked, change your password often, delete offensive messages and be vigilant for incredulous links similar to the one above.

What do you do if your account is hacked? Change your password immediately — and any other accounts you have that may use the same password. Check what applications you’ve given access to your account — whether inadvertently or inadvertently. Revoke access for any suspicious applications, and delete tweets and DMs you sent and received while your account was compromised. Here’s a step-by-step guide from Twitter on what to do when this happens.”

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  • 21 January 2012
  1. swolfmoon posted this