Monday, November 30, 2009

Google, Blogspot HELPING Spam Twitter!

If you get a DIRECT MESSAGE via twitter, especially from someone who NEVER DM's you, be especially alert and aware! There's a sneaky phishing attack out there that begins when a Twitter user receives a direct message, such as the one depicted below (the actual message I was fooled by on Sunday), from any one of their followers.

+++DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW+++
Dasgupta14: i think i found ur high school photo http://albums.twitter.placement-selection.com/
+++DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE+++

How It Scams:


The link takes you to what appears to be a twitter log-in site: Let me tell ya, I actually believed the website I was taken to was part of twitter... it is NOT!!!!! It is perfect in every way, even the URL appears to be authentic. In the transition, the blogspot blog appears, and somehow plays a role in either distracting the websurfer or in the actual capture and validation of the twitter password!

You all know how Google / Blogspot will pick on a blog or blogger and close their blog down without warning or explanation. TRY AS YOU MAY, YOU CAN'T CONTACT ANYONE FROM GOOGLE: THEY MAKE IT TOO DIFFICULT, ALTHOUGH YOU MAY END UP ON A GOOGLE FORUM WHERE NO ONE WILL REPLY TO YOUR QUESTION OR ADDRESS YOUR DILEMMA!!! Yes, these are the same "superstrict" Google policymakers who might delete your blog because it has been "inactive" yet they leave blogs up and running that haven't been touched for 8 years or more!!!

Now along comes this new twitter spam where your password gets hijacked THROUGH GOOGLE / BLOGSPOT:::
This is the intermediary blog URL (below) that appeared on my PC, and immediately I knew I had been spammed, but it was WAY TOO LATE - I tried to spare anyone else by issuing a tweet:

  • BEWARE of direct messages on twitter "i think i found ur high school photo" - may be an attempt to steal your password!
  • But alas, too late! A tweet that appeared to come from me read "see if your iq is higher than mine. take the iq quiz here:..." and I'm sure my followers got spamDM'd.

    Here is the offending blog URL:
    http://lolurblog.blogspot.com/
    Most interesting if you click on the blogger's profile page you'll see
    On Blogger Since November 2009
    Profile Views (approximate) 21,000 and counting!
    That's an AWFUL LOT of profile views for a blank blog!
    I'm thinking THAT'S A RUNNING TALLY OF ACCOUNTS COMPROMISED TO DATE!

    Needless to say I spent hours changing passwords and redirecting permissions!

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