09 March 2010

Twitter sent spam tweets

Hundreds of Twitter accounts began a few days ago to send out spam for slimming products. The identical message was "I lost 20 lbs in 2 weeks!" and contains links to various slimming websites.

At present it is not known with certainty how the various accounts were compromised, but all the messages are posted through an API, which means that the broadcast takes place via a 3rd-party program.

According to Sophos Twitter has chosen to reset the password for all accounts that are affected, which may indicate that it has accounts with weak passwords are compromised.

This is confirmed in part by renowned IT writer, John C. Dvorak, who was among those affected. He could tell that he used a simple password.

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