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Twitter Unable to Cease Spamming

According to the security reports the micro-blogging site Twitter has became breeding ground for all sorts of spamming and scamming activities. In fact, they say that a whole new range of phishing attacks has been followed by huge number of other attempts to soak the fervent and rapidly soaring user base of Twitter.

It is known that during the first week of June 2009, hackers employed famous issues and abused the names of celebrities to attack large number of Twitter users. Their motive was to convince users to click and access the spoof sites and then divulge their private details therein, resulting in phishing or infecting their systems with harmful programs, especially malware.

The first plan that is revealing personal details capitalizes on the fondness of Twitter users for looking for arbitrary commentary on news stories. Also, during the first and second week of June 2009, hackers used several fake accounts for tweeting messages regarding famous subjects like Britain's Got Talent singer Susan Boyle, child rape, airplane crashes, and death of actor David Carradine.

Danny Sullivan, Editor-In-Chief at Search Engine Land (Newport Beach, California), said that it was disturbing and was becoming a serious problem. He said that the issue is whether Twitter would be able to do anything about it or not, as reported by THE NEW YORK TIMES on JUNE 11, 2009.

Also, the problem of spamming with Twitter has risen to a such a great height that several famous socialites have lodged legal complaints against Twitter for being abused on the site by hackers.

In this regard, Twitter has revealed that it is launching "Verified Accounts" for some of its elite users. This aspect is made to restore confidence in members that the account is authentic and is not of any imitator.

For now, another flaw with Twitter is that if a user erase a post from the micro blogging facility it does not really eliminate the post fully. It implies that the tweet stays with the Twitter and therefore, spamming with those codes can take-off any time.

Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos, Graham Cluley, slammed the security of Twitter and called it negligent for being unable to remove the post entirely, as reported by PCWOLRD in the third week of May 2009.

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