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Newest round of Twitter spam

Newest round of Twitter spam

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This one fooled me for a half second.

I got an email to my work account indicating that I had 3 delayed messages in my Twitter account.  The social engineering technique is designed to get me to click on the link and redirect me to a spam site, and quite possibly infect my system with malware as part of either a drive-by download or “click here to install such-and-such” (I didn’t click on the link).  Because the message looks like something Twitter might send (it looks a lot like Twitter), users could easily be tricked into going there.  Because it came into my email account that I don’t have associated with Twitter, I was immediately on-guard.  But I felt that emotional taking-down-of-my-guard when I saw that it was “from” Twitter.

The sending IP is coming out of Russia, but the site is hosted on a domain that ends in .com.ar.  The A-record for this site is hosted on an IP address that belongs to a hosting company out of Florida.

Be aware.  It’s a social engineering spoof, not a legitimate Twitter message.

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  • Just want to point out that twitter recent signed up to using truedomain (http://www.truedomain.net/), so if you have a Fastmail account (http://www.fastmail.fm), emails appear with the twitter logo next to them in the web interface. Makes spotting phishing emails a lot easier.

    I wrote a summary of what truedomain are trying to do in the anti-phishing space here:

    http://blog.fastmail.fm/2010/01/06/truedomain-anti-phishing-and-email-authentication/

    Rob

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