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Cyber-crooks using Twitter to infect users: PandaLabs

PandaLabs, Panda Security's malware analysis and detection laboratory, today announced that it has discovered a new...


June 3, 2009  


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PandaLabs, Panda Security’s malware analysis and detection laboratory, today announced that it has discovered a new attack on Twitter users.

 

It claimed cyber-criminals have created hundreds of Twitter accounts and published thousands of comments in them under the topic “PhishTube Broadcast,” in relation to the popular rock band, Phish.

 

By infiltrating Twitter with comments, these cyber-criminals are ensuring its presence in the Trending Topic list, resulting in greater visibility and more user traffic to their comments, it added.

 

“The Trending Topics list appears in the interface of all Twitter users, listing the subjects most talked about by the network’s users. Clicking any of these topics returns a series of results displaying comments related to these issues and the users that have published the comments,” the company said in a release.

 

“If Twitter users click on the “PhishTube Broadcast” Trending Topic link, they will see the malicious comments published in the accounts created by the cyber-crooks. These include links pointing to a spoof pornographic Web page and users who click on any of the items on this page will end up infecting their computers with a copy of the PrivacyCenter fake antivirus.”