Feeds

Fake Twitter profile punts Orkut attack

Tainted tweets target twits

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Miscreants are using a fake Twitter profile in a bid to spread malware that harvests login credentials for Orkut.

Updates to the fake Twitter profile are supposedly being followed by 17 punters, but they're all fake, according to Chris Boyd, director of malware research at IM security firm Facetime.

Twittery Trojan

The profile is designed to trick would-be marks into viewing a photo album on Orkut, which supposedly requires a Flash update to view. This bogus Flash update is contaminated by malware, specifically the OrkutTron Trojan.

OrkutTron performs a variety of malicious actions including an attempt to snaffle login credentials for Orkut, the Google-run social networking site that's particularly big in Brazil. Fitting in with this theme, the fake Twitter profile is written in Portuguese.

Attacks targeting Orkut are relatively commonplace, but as Boyd notes, the use of Twitter represents an innovation in such hacking attacks. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
More alleged private, nude celeb pics appear online
Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list
'Just use cash', former security staffer warns friends
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
UK.gov lobs another fistful of change at SME infosec nightmares
Senior Lib Dem in 'trying to be relevant' shocker. It's only taxpayers' money, after all
Who.is does the Harlem Shake
Blame it on LOLing XSS terroristas
Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign
Claim of tapped undersea cable refuted by Kiwi PM as Kim claims extradition plot
Freenode IRC users told to change passwords after securo-breach
Miscreants probably got in, you guys know the drill by now
THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug
Metasploit module gobbles KitKat SOP slop
BitTorrent's peer-to-peer chat app Bleep goes live as public alpha
A good day for privacy as invisble.im also reveals its approach to untraceable chats
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.