Fake Twitter Notifications Masquerades Pharma Site

Security experts from Sophos have cautioned against the threat to users from fake notifications from Twitter, as reported in nakedsecurity on July 22, 2011. The e-mail template used by the rogues carries similar logo and footer. Besides, it uses the same e-mail template also. However, it's an older design and should definitely keep away the spam.

According to security experts the title of the message is "Twitter-er! You have 2 direct messages from Twitter Administration." However, only on clicking the link, a user can be ensured about the destination of the link.

Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos, Graham Cluley, however accords that this act does not simply indicate a game play as indicated from the screenshot, according to the news published in nakedsecurity on July 22, 2011.

On clicking the fake link, a user is directed to a webpage that sell pharmaceutical drugs, such as Viagra ad Cialis, which indicates a different campaign mastermind by a Canadian Pharmacy affiliate.

According to Cluley, a user should be judgmental towards making a purchase from the optional link as one should rather visit an online store rather then be directed by a Twitter forward. However, making a purchase from an online pharmacy carries with it risks as such websites may be using fraud medicines unsafe for health.

The impact of such a link is probably very minimal. But a user should definitely prefer to visit an online store rather than compromising their Twitter password, and infect their computer with a Trojan horse.

However, the bottom-line fact still remains intact that though malware has made its existence for sometimes now, mastermind are proactive in their approach of developing sophisticated malicious attack every now and then.

Users should be very careful while receiving such e-mails even if it originates from trusted and legitimate sources. Up-to-date and competent antivirus program should also be necessarily used by a user.

However, according to security experts' advice, users should definitely be proactive towards protecting their computers and remain extra alert towards unnecessary threats and keep themselves updated with prevalent frauds.

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