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Twitter hit by porno spammers

Cliff Saran

Spammers have created 750 accounts on Twitter which are being used to lure users to websites containing explicit sexual content.

According to IT security company Sophos, the messages, which are being spammed out as Tweets, resemble the following: "hey! 23/Female. Come chat with me on my webcam thingy here" followed by a link to the Chatwebcamfree website."

Sophos found that the index page of this website serves up obfuscated JavaScript that loads a variety of pornographic adverts and contains a web form directed to a site called eroticgateway.com.

"If a hacker has managed to ascertain your Twitter password then there is a chance that they may have compromised your system in other ways too," warned Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

"We are seeing more and more attacks from spammers, phishers, malware authors, scammers and identity thieves against users of social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook - similar adult webcam messages were spotted on Facebook just last month. These are not just proof-of-concept attacks in controlled conditions - they are everyday full-blooded assaults making money out of real people," he said.


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