Users of the social networking website Twitter have yet another virus to fear. According to these latest reports, there is a new worm related to a phishing scam floating around Twitter and it’s using the system’s direct messages to spread.
An already compromised account will send a direct message to another account with a body similar to:
“rofl this you on here? http://videos.twitter.secure-logins01.com.”
Once users click on the link they are asked to submit their information via a fake Twitter login page. And, once they’ve entered their login information, hackers use the compromised account to send a fresh batch of messages to all of the person’s Twitter followers. By luring unsuspecting users with “rofl is this you?” promises of a funny picture, victims are inclined to click on the fake link and thus subject themselves to the phishing virus.
Anyone who feels that they may have been infected by the hack are urged to change their passwords as soon as possible. If that does not work then they should contact Twitter support.
(Via The Register)