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News Twitter users attacked by phishers

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 6 Jan 2009.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    I hate twitter so, so much.

    I hope it craps itself.
     
  3. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    Oh, such MASSIVE news, it's almost though they're being targeted.

    Oh wait, EVERYONE gets phishing attacks. Why is this one so important
     
  4. StephenK

    StephenK Sneak 'em Upper

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    No messages received here. Looks like the podcasting tweets just weren't loved enough to be messaged ;p
     
  5. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Perhaps because this is the first known attack to attempt to steal Twitter login credentials? The first attack to use Twitter as its vector? Sure, e-mail phishing is nothing new - but this is.
     
  6. StephenK

    StephenK Sneak 'em Upper

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    Also, perhaps userbase size is a factor? When a very popular services gets targeted of course it's going to be reported on. Everyone get's phished but whilst you may not hear about a small service, you'll hear about a new attack on gmail or WoW.
     
  7. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    People do it all the time with Facebook, faked login pages and the like, it really just seems to be news because it's a different site being attacked.
     
  8. quack

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    Some big names have fallen victim to this phishing attempt. Britney Spears, CNN, Fox News...
     
  9. Nexxo

    Nexxo Queue Jumper

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    My God! If serious intellects like those are fooled, what hope is there for mere mortals like us?
     
  10. quack

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    Barack Obama and Facebook also had accounts hacked.

    Apparently these were not the work of the publicised phishing attempt, but a hacker.
     
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    Obama's seems to be the only hack that might have wound up a net gain for whoever did this. The rest of the uses of the hacked accounts seem pretty juvenile. Rick Sanchez's account spewing out "I am high on crack right now might not be coming in to work today" doesn't seem like a particularly profitable use of a twitter account.
     
  12. badders

    badders Neuken in de Keuken

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    * Runs off to find out what Twitter is"
     
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