Feeds

Rogue Twitter counter app punts survey scam

#duhhhh

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

A rogue application ultimately designed to punt a survey scam began spreading rapidly on Twitter on Tuesday.

Follow Finder 332 promises to provide users with information on who might have "unfollowed" them (unsubscribed from their Twitter feed). In reality it does nothing but offer up a worthless survey that falsely promises lavish prizes for completing a questionnaire, earning the originators of the scam money in the process from unscrupulous marketing firms.

Scams of this type have been endemic on Facebook for years but are now moving onto Twitter. This particular scam uses hashtags featuring trending terms, a tactic designed to give scam messages from victims maximum exposure by reaching not only their friends but anyone following hot topics of conversation.

A full write-up of the scam can be found in a blog post by Sophos here.

Survey scams take various themes and use various lures. Popular examples in the past have falsely offered Facebook unlike buttons or various strains of ostensibly salacious or bizarre content (eg a supposed amateur grumble flick featuring Charlie Sheen).

Other lures have been based around upcoming video games: spam messages on Twitter this week related to the upcoming Portal 2 game lead onto either survey scams or supposed game cracks that probably come loaded with malware. The lures look to be auto-generated by bots and feature random content, some of which refers to cake. But, as GFI Software researcher Chris Boyd explains, "The cake is a lie". ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Managing SSL certificates with ease
The lack of operational efficiencies and compliance pitfalls associated with poor SSL certificate management, and how the right SSL certificate management tool can help.