Attack of the Twitter babes - Tweets that ain't so sweet

Filed Under: Social networks, Spam, Twitter

As we discussed in our latest update to the Sophos Security Threat Report, cybercriminals continue to exploit social networks - spreading spam, malware, and stealing identities.

The latest spam campaign we've seen on Twitter involves a bevy of beauties. Here are just a small number of the profiles I have seen, all with images of young attractive women (and/or in a state of undress):

Tweet Attacks spam

All of them have recently created Twitter accounts (the last week or so), and all of them are tweeting identical messages pointing users to a service called Tweet Attacks - which encourages you to buy a program that, it says, will help you make money via Twitter.

I don't know what the Tweet Attacks program does, but if it's in any way involved in this spam campaign I would stay far away. If you want more followers on Twitter there's a very simple, tried-and-trusted, method: tweet something that other people might find interesting.

Thanks to fellow Twitter user Jason who brought this spam campaign to my attention, by sending me a message at my Twitter account - which you are also welcome to follow if you wish. ;-)

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Send Graham an email, subscribe to his updates on Facebook, follow him on Twitter and App.net, and circle him on Google Plus for regular updates.