Malware arrives - proof that Twitter is nearing mainstream?

Malware arrives - proof that Twitter is nearing mainstream?

Summary: Micro-blogging service Twitter may not yet reached a tipping point among my own non-techie circle of friends - unlike Facebook which is everywhere - but that hasn't stopped the cyber criminals moving in.

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Micro-blogging service Twitter may not yet reached a tipping point among my own non-techie circle of friends - unlike Facebook which is everywhere - but that hasn't stopped the cyber criminals moving in.

"Malware hunters at Kaspersky Lab are seeing early signs that Twitter is now clearly big enough to be a distribution mechanism for malicious software", writes my ZDNet colleague Ryan Naraine.

In one case spotted this week, a malicious Twitter profile had been created to lure visitors to a fake link to a pornographic video of Brazilian pop star Kelly Key. However, if you click on the link, reports Kaspersky Lab, you're greeted with a progress bar which looks as if it's downloading a new version of Adobe Flash which you'll need to watch the video. The fake Adobe Flash file is of course a Trojan virus (or viruses) which you then unintentionally install on your PC in a classic case of social engineering.

While attracting the attention of criminals won't be particularly welcome by Twitter, especially since fighting cyber crime is the last distraction they need as they attempt to scale, it does show how mind share is rapidly growing.

Notably, BBC news online ran the story too.

All publicity's good publicity, right?

Topics: Malware, Security, Social Enterprise

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  • Ok, i see the reason for this, but i wouldnt really call it new.. news.

    Every communications system put out by anyone has been treated this way. It should be prepared for during the development cycle.

    This happens and every company reacts.. its the software way.

    Thanks for the heads up though.
    Been_Done_Before
    • I agree

      It's nothing new, but it is new to Twitter. The interesting angle for me is that Twitter is now on the radar of those pushing malware like this.
      Steve O'Hear
  • RE: Malware arrives - proof that Twitter is nearing mainstream?

    It never, ever seems to end, does it? In ten years on the net I have gotten or at least seen /heard of each thing that seems like it HAS GOT to be the worst and here it goes again. :-(
    jantallent
    • :)

      Don't despair. The Net is still here.
      Steve O'Hear
  • similar attacks by email too

    i've seen a similar attack coming by email with links to sites that entice a user to click on a link which does the same... popping up a prompt to install the newest flash.
    troutsoup