Twitter Hit By Huge Wave Of Spam
Twitter users were hit by a massive spam campaign, which was run right on the popular micro-blogging site.
March 9, 2009
According to Twitter, around 750 accounts had been compromised during the spam attack. The company announced that it had reset the passwords of the affected accounts so that their rightful owners will be able to regain control of the situation:
“It appears other sites and services have been affected by a similar attack. We reset the passwords of the compromised accounts and removed the spammy updates. Our safety team is currently investigating the attack. As a general reminder, keep in mind that strong passwords can help prevent hijacked accounts. Twitter offers a password strength indicator to help you choose a strong password when you sign up. If you want to change your password now you can do that here. Also, avoid sharing your password with folks or services you don't feel you can trust,” reads the Twitter blog.
Interesting enough, the site in question is the very same which had been promoted in a similar spamming manner on Facebook. While Twitter employees are investigating the attack, one cause is certainly clear: phishers have been doing a good job prior to the spamming spree.