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Twitter Phishing Scam: Watch Out!


If you guys get a Twitter direct message with a link, when clicked, brings you to a page that looks like Twitter and asks for your login details, do not login on that page.

Twitter is the latest target of a “phishing” campaign — an attempt by hackers to gather usernames and passwords through deceptive means. This particular scam sent out emails resembling those you might receive from Twitter if you get email notifications of your Direct Messages.

And lots of people have fallen victim to this scam already. Even Fox News, President-elect Obama, and Britney Spears were not spared.

Okay, I have to admit that I laughed when the hacked FoxNews made a quip about Bill O’Reilly’s sexuality, or when Britney Spears announced something about the size of her privates, but this is a serious problem here.

The Twitter blog offered some ways to recover your account if you have fallen victim to this trick:

…If you find yourself unable to login to your account with your username and password, please use the reset password link to regain access. This will send an email to the address associated with your account and you’ll be able to create a new password.

If you don’t receive the reset password email, please check your junk or spam email folder as it may be accidentally delivered there. If you are still having trouble logging in, please contact our support team and we’ll help you out.

So people, be careful about your DMs, and keep those accounts safe!

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  1. Find Niches Online says: 1/9/2009

    Excellent content here and a nice writing style too – keep up the great work!


  2. Joseph Hollak says: 1/11/2009

    Correct me if I’m wrong in this story, but wasn’t this pretty much ignored by any MSM reporters?

    I don’t recall seeing the story mentioned in any briefs.

    Twitter might still be too small to report on this in the MSM perhaps.


  3. Millard says: 1/13/2009

    It does become more and more difficult to protect yourself doesn’t it? As savy as I like to think I am, I have been scammed before. I wonder what someone could get away with, even if they had my log on?


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  5. Millard says: 9/16/2009

    Wow, this just happened to me this morning. I had to reset my password.