Feeds

Virally spreading scam spreads over Twitter

Twitosphere overtaken by 'Profile Spy' tweets

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Twitter has been struck by a virally spreading worm that attempts to make money by scamming users into filling out surveys and viewing advertisements.

The rogue Twitter app is known as Profile Spy and gets installed by people who are tricked into believing it can tell them who has been viewing their online microposts. “Wow! See who viewed your twitter with Profile Spy,” the come-on reads.

Those who click on the link are asked to allow the app to access and update their account data. Once they do so, they are presented with an unending series of popups for online surveys and ads promoting car insurance, long distance services and games, according to Errata Security CEO Rob Graham, who blogged about the worm on Monday.

Suckers will also find two new posts added to their tweet stream: one that claims to say how many people have viewed the user's profile over the past day and the aforementioned tweet attempting to trick others into installing the rogue app.

Based on Twitter searches, the scam has generated plenty of posts, though at time of writing, most Tweets appeared to be warning others not to fall for the scam. Similar scams have been hitting Facebook for weeks now.

Those who fall for the scam are advised to revoke Profile Spy's access to their account data. To do so, go to Profile > Edit your profile > Connections and click the button that says Revoke Access. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV
Yes, we know Macs 'don't get viruses', but when they do this code'll spot 'em
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Why weasel words might not work for Whisper
CEO suspends editor but privacy questions remain
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
BlackEnergy crimeware coursing through US control systems
US CERT says three flavours of control kit are under attack
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
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?
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.
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.