08 Sep 2011

Hackers on Twitter can gain access to accounts through spam

Computer hackers are using the Direct Message function on Twitter to phish passwords for the site. The DM comes from a friend along with the message, "when did you make this video? its hilarious, cant stop laughing lol," according to Sophos.

Clicking on the link associated with the message above will take the user to what looks to be the Twitter log-in page. Users are directed to "itwitier.com," and completing the log-in form with the correct user name and password could hand over a Twitter account to a hacker.

Once a hacker has access to an account he or she can begin sending spam message from the account and they could potentially use the log-in information from Twitter and apply it to other online accounts, says the website.

Twitter is looking to fight back against the constant stream of spam messages that computer hackers are sending on the social networking site, according to bcs.org.

The website says Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter is looking to become more predictive, rather than reactive when dealing with spam.

Twitter is also looking to remove spamming accounts that cyber-criminals are using to send out spam that ranges from work-from-home scams to promising people large sums of money.