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May 28, 2009

Twitter attacked by worm


by David Allen

Some users of the micro blogging site Twitter are being tricked into giving away their login and password details while visiting a website.

Twitter users have started to get messages from other users who appear to be friends, which include a link suggesting that by clicking it, they will they will be able to get more followers.

The link takes them to a site called TwitterCut which requires them to login using their Twitter details - hence the problem, as once the victims have logged in their details have been compromised.

When the user has logged in Twittercut will send the same message to all of the contacts in the victim’s account.

Although no malicious software is installed onto the user computer, this seems to work like a worm but is more like a sophisticated phishing attack.

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