08 Dec 2010

Malware targets Twitter users with fake links

Twitter users should be on the lookout for a new malware targeting the popular micro-blogging website. The malware spreads through links designed to resemble Google’s URL shortener, goo.gl.

The malware emerged recently, when several Twitter messages began to include links that began with with http://goo.gl. These links redirected users to a French furniture website before taking them to malicious websites.

According to the Next Web, the attackers hacked the furniture website, filling it with forwarding scripts to redirect victims to their malware-filled domains.

Twitter has said it knows about the problem and is attempting to solve it. "We're aware and have sent out password resets for affected users," said Troy Holden, a Twitter support representative, to TechCrunch. "We'll monitor the situation in case of further iterations."

According to CNET, link shorteners can pose a security risk because users often cannot see the actual URL of the site until they click on the link.

Twitter has been targeted by malware before. Recently, an internet security company discovered several malicious Twitter accounts that use black hat SEO techniques, spreading malware through posts about Holiday-related topics.