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Sophos: Spam Email Imitating Twitter Dispersed Across the Internet

Sophos warned about the presently circulating fraud email campaign on the internet purporting Twitter.

In an attempt to include the latest format profile images, the e-mails invite the users towards updating their Twitter profile. Though in this case, the emails do not actually come from the Twitter account as because if one clicks on the links, they are actually taken to a website of a Canadian pharmacy, as published by gmanetwork.com on October 13, 2012.

It says that the message seems to arrive from Twitter, attached with the subject line" because you have more to exhibit... we have something for you....New Twitter profiles."

The emails assert towards helping the user create their profile attractively with a header image.

However, as Sophos experts says that the emails or the links have no relevance with Twitter or the new profile. Users who become victim of the scam and click on the links are lead to a website called "Toronto Drug Store."

Elaborating about the spam email campaign, Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos blogged: 'My guess is that the emails have been hacked from genuine Twitter communications, and just the links have changed. As per the statement published by nakedsecurity.sophos.com in the first week of October 2012.

You should always be cautious to verify the place where a link is guiding you to, especially when included in an undesirable email, prior to clicking on it, he said further.

In this case, it could just have without any difficulty associated to a false Twitter login page- requesting you to submit your username and password, or might be the hosting of a malicious code launched towards contaminating your computer, added Cluley.

Also, this is not the first time that the cybercriminals are using twitter. In November 2010, security researchers at Sophos warned of a wave of spam emails pose as warning from Twitter that contained links to rogue online pharmacy known as Canadian Health & care Mall that illegally sells prescription drugs.

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