[access-uk] Re: Twitter Beware!

For anyone who can't get to the article Tony refers to (because it's
one of those stupid scrolling gizmos) here's the actual article for
Eire's Tech. Central web site.

George.

http://www.techcentral.ie/article.aspx?id=13500 

Cyber-crooks move to Twitter to infect users
Microbloggers having to look before they tweet

Internet | 08 Jun 2009 :  A report by security firm Panda Lanbs has
uncovered a new threat to users of microblogging website Twitter. In
this case, cyber-criminals have created hundreds of user accounts and
published thousands of comments in them under the topic "PhishTube
Broadcast", in relation to cult US rock band Phish. This way, they
ensure the topic appears in the 'trending' (most popular) topic list
published on the righthand toolbar. 

In this attack, if Twitter users click on the "PhishTube Broadcast"
link, they will see the malicious comments published in the accounts
created by the cyber-crooks. These include links pointing to a spoof
pornographic Web page. Users that click on any of the items on the
page will end up infecting their computers with a copy of the
PrivacyCenter fake antivirus.

A fake antivirus is a type of adware designed to run a spoof scan of
the system, as if it were a legitimate antivirus application. It
falsely informs users that their computers are infected with malware.
The aim is to make users believe their systems are compromised, and
then offer them the chance to eliminate this supposed malware by
buying a 'Premium' version of the fake software. The overall objective
is to profit from these sales.

"We have recently been warning of an increase in such attacks,
particularly those aimed at selling fake antivirus products,"
explained Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs. "With
millions of users, this network [Twitter] is extremely attractive to
cyber-criminals, and it is likely we will see it targeted more often
in the future". 

Twitter is not the only social media website to suffer from such
attacks. Bookmarking service Digg.com and YouTube have duped users
into logging on to malicious websites in recent months.





-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Tony Sweeney
Sent: 12 June 2009 14:04
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: tony sweeney
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Twitter Beware!

Hi George!

Your brother sleuth in acction too!

I checked on the web for that PC Live article but whereas I couldn't
locate 
it in the actual magazine itself I did however come across a slightly 
truncated version of it in their radio show section!

www.pcliveradio.ie 

Arrow way down the page to: Cyber-crooks move to
Twitter to Infect Users.

Enter there.

Trust that that clarifies matters along with George's links too.

The goal for me was to alert fellow listers,  who are Twitter users
but not 
in any way to scare them off using that (I understand  from my
learning of 
Twitter) wonderful social networking programme!

Must get back to doing  some real work now!

Cheers

Tony----- Original Message ----- 
From: "George Bell" <george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 1:08 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Twitter Beware!


> Hi Tony,
>
> I've done some research into this, and it would appear to be
genuine.
>
> I have therefore included a link to the fairly well known Kaspersky
> anti-virus software site where there is more details about this
> Twitter
>
> http://www.kaspersky.com/news?id=207575795
>
> McAfee users may wish to see:-
>
> http://vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_154580.htm
>
> George.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
> Behalf Of Tony Sweeney
> Sent: 12 June 2009 12:53
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Cc: tony sweeney
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Twitter Beware!
>
> Hi George,
>
> PC Live magazine May 2009.
>
> I have returned it to the library now but probably could get my
hands
> on it
> again if it hasn't been bulk erased!!
>
> PC Live last month and you will find it easily there!
>
> I won't trouble the list further with these notices.
>
> Tony
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "George Bell" <george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 10:01 AM
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Twitter Beware!
>
>
>> Hi Tony,
>>
>> I generally only "do my nut" when such warnings are anecdotal.
>>
>> Can you quote the section or item from PC Live which substantiates
>> this?
>>
>> George.
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
>> Behalf Of Tony Sweeney
>> Sent: 11 June 2009 23:32
>> To: access-uk
>> Cc: tony sweeney
>> Subject: [access-uk] Twitter Beware!
>>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Probably George will "do his nut" about this!
>>
>> I'm not sure that info of this nature is allowed on the list!
>>
>> Be aware of this mention below of which I post.
>>
>> was reading on PC Live earlier that there is a virus, trojan on the
>> move re
>> Twitter!
>>
>> Trust that that info may help some
>> of you.  Regards
>>
>>    Tony
>>
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