Sophos Spots Spam Outbreak Attacking Users of Twitter
Investigators from Sophos caution of one fresh spam run which's presently exploiting Twitter as also its widespread appeal.
Bearing the caption "Account Suspension," the spam mails spoof their sender's address to seem like they emanated from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, the malicious e-mails look similar to previous twitter messages as they possibly used a Twitter template to craft their formats.
The rogue electronic mail, informing the recipient that Twitter is presently making its website up-to-date, tells him that the company doesn't wish to eliminate his account. Therefore, he requires verifying his account once again via feeding his e-mail, name, alternatively zip by a business associate from the list given underneath, the e-mail continues.
The e-mail then states that the user requires clicking a given web-link for filling out certain free offers. Noting that no suspended account had the capacity to get restored; the e-mail requests the recipient to fill out the mentioned offer by the next two days so that his account remains unaffected.
Meanwhile, for bypassing anti-spam products, the entire length of the message-body has been crafted in the form of an image. Sophos adds that the message contains no text, while if the picture is clicked users are led onto a survey that some external site hosts.
Remarking about the above mentioned spam run, Senior Technology Consultant Graham Cluley at Sophos stated that users mustn't do anything the e-mail said as it was a scam created for grabbing their private data while also make cash through their sale. Nakedsecurity.sophos.com published this on June 21, 2011.
Sadly as per security specialists, online-scams associated with Facebook and Twitter the social-networking sites are getting more-and-more frequent. Fraudsters earn money by putting Web-surfers in disadvantage by sending them spam mails equivalent to Web 2.0 messages.
Furthermore the specialists state that the most-secured method for safeguarding oneself from the above kinds of e-mail frauds is to avoid hitting unfamiliar web-links/graphics, despite the e-mails appearing genuine. However, incase any end-user has already become a victim of these tricks he should inform the related Internet site like Twitter.com in the above instance about the spam message for thwarting its dissemination any further.
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