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March 2, 2010

BBC and politicians fall foul of Twitter hack

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by David Allen

The success and popularity of social media sites has taken the world by storm, but Twitter is entirely different.

Its short and sweet message service allows users to give their followers little snippets of information.

This makes it the ideal platform for politicians to get their points across and tell the world what they are doing.

However recently Twitter accounts have been hacked by a data phishing attack which sends out messages to other members via user accounts and some famous organisations, media people and politicians are amongst its victims.

It works fairly simply; the user gets a direct message containing a link from one of their followers.

This takes the user to an infected webpage where malware is downloaded and the cycle starts all over again.

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