Twitter spammers post sexy profile pictures

Filed Under: Social networks, Spam, Twitter

I woke up this morning to find a long list of new people following me on Twitter, and it looks like I wasn't the only one.

Curiously, all of the followers appeared to have something in common.

Twitter followers who are actually spammers

Spammers have created scores of bogus profiles and followed random users en masse. Each of the profiles comes has a sexy picture of a young woman, complete with a message from the spammer embedded inside the image.

Trust me, the image I've included below is much cleaner than many of the other ones being used by the spammers. Some of the photos you definitely wouldn't want to share with your mother-in-law.

Twitter profile image spam

The spammers are putting their messages into the image because they know that's harder for Twitter to identify than if their adverts were presented in plaintext in a regular tweet. This is comparable to a trick we've seen email spammers use for some years.

Of course, it's not a good idea to connect with these spammers by adding them as a friend on MSN. If you were to do so, you could easily be lured into a flirtatious instant messaging chat, which ultimately leads you to an adult website.


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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at, 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. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley