Don’t Click That Link on Twitter!

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 | SMASH Technology with

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Don’t follow the white rabbit (”Pretty Rabbit” in this case) down the Twitter hole - unless you fancy transforming your PC into a zombie.

Twitter is the latest social networking site to suffer the fate brought on by cyber criminals and their intentions to turn the happy, carefree micro-blogging site into a trapdoor for their malicious payload.

It all begins with a fake Twitter profile that claims to link to a p0rn video, but instead downloads another application claiming to be an Adobe Flash player. The downloaded application then installs programs capable of stealing all of your precious data.

Twitter Hacked BBC

The profile is thought to come from Brazil with the Portuguese name for “pretty rabbit”.

All this news comes as Kaspersky (Anti-virus gurus) releases some new details about a couple of worms that target social networking sites (MySpace, Facebook).

“Unfortunately users are very trusting of messages left by friends on social networking sites so the likelihood of a user clicking on a link like this is very high,” said Alexander Gostev, a senior virus analyst at Kaspersky Lab.

Lesson learned:

When you are Twittering to your pals about how you:

need to run to Safeway to pick up a loaf of bread… then I’ll run by the movie rental to pick up a couple of flicks… I”ll probably get back around 8 or so

.. try to resist the urge to click on a Brazilian-language p0rn site profile that urges you to download an additional Flash player in order to play its “special” breed of offering.

[Via BBC]

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