IT Support Security News: Twitter Flood with Spam and Malicious Tweets.

For all the Twitter users, have you noticed that over the last 24 hours, Twitter has been flooded with spam tweets?  All these tweets have been coming from compromised accounts which are using third party apps and services.

So why is Twitter flooded with Spam and Malicious Tweets?

As a trusted IT Support partner to our clients, we have put multiple measures in place to control email spam and as of July 1, 2014, the new Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) comes into force. Once the law is in force, it will help to protect Canadians while ensuring that businesses can continue to compete in the global marketplace. However, now there is new spam threats on social media outlets.

Industry experts have noticed that social media spam has been replacing email spam and now Twitter has been hit by a wave of spam tweets, again.  The tweets initially seemed to be coming from accounts linked to social image sharing site however the same tweets started appearing from “Twitter for iPhone” which isn’t necessarily a reliable source.

All the tweets which have been observed by Twitter users contain the same message: “If I didn’t try this my life wouldn’t have changed” and also a shortened URL.  It has not been determined whether the spam URL links to spyware but users are recommended not to click on these links nonetheless.

What to do? Users whose accounts have been compromised should revoke access to the third-party services linked to their accounts and change their passwords to prevent further spam.


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