‘Spambots’ are a fact of life on Twitter – fake accounts built to spread everything from infected links to misinformation. Until now, users have had to rely on their instincts, but a tool – “Bot or Not” – helps to uncover fake accounts instantly.
Twitter has removed a bug that allowed site users to spy on protected accounts, reading supposedly protected Tweets via SMS or push notifications, regardless of whether users had approved them as followers.
Twitter has unveiled a serious security upgrade to protect its users’ data from cyber-snooping – and has said that this approach should be “the new normal for web service owners.”
Like Facebook, Twitter wants to know which websites you visit and so it has a system for tracking you as you click from site to site, a fact that leads to a pair of interesting questions: “Did you know that?” and “Are you okay with that?” As we will see in a moment, this system
Scam artists and cybercriminals are looking to turn romance into profit now that Valentine's Day approaches, possibly taking over your computer in the process. According to ESET researchers in Latin America, we can expect the quest for love to be leveraged as an effective social engineering ploy to enable the bad guys to infect unsuspecting
When a direct message pops up on Twitter stating that other people are saying bad things about you, please think twice before clicking on any links in that message. Why? Because the links are likely to take you to malicious websites that are out to steal your Twitter password. They may also try to infect
Tomorrow, on January 18, 2012, dozens of popular websites covering a diverse range of subjects will be blacking out their home pages in protest of the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Some of these websites are well-known, such as the English language web site for the encyclopedic Wikipedia and quirky news site Boing Boing,
OK, if some unimaginative journalist and/or editor can call a pair of bulging briefs “Weinergate” I can call this Twitter App “FireTweet”. Like Firesheep, Royal Test (FireTweet) is an attempt to demonstrate a privacy problem. Techcrunch reported this story and I have verified the privacy issue. Despite allegedly being unable to read private messages, applications
It appears North Korea is expanding their cyber warrior savvy in a plan that includes sending the best and brightest of young programmers abroad to bone up on hacking, with the alleged goal of holding their own in cyber warfare. On the heels of the recent Pentagon announcement where cyber terrorism acts may be met
Dear Twitter, I'm afraid our relationship is just not working these days: in fact, we seem to have stopped communicating almost immediately you cosied up to our mutual friend Tweetdeck. Clearly, I'm the spare part in this relationship, since Tweetdeck isn't talking to me much, either. How can you treat me like this? Since I'm
Not using Twitter or Facebook is, in these times, akin to not owning or using a mobile ‘phone. Last night’s events – the reported death of Osama Bin Laden – proved that we are well and truly in the Twitter era (Twitter reported that over 4000 tweets per second were made immediately preceding the President’s
In some computer programming languages there is an event called “mouseover”. This command is used to determine what happens when a user put the mouse over a specific object. When you put the mouse over a hyperlink and see where that link will take you, that is a “mouseover” command at work. When you place
Since the feed will be public and historic, there is a potential to research trends over the timeline, particularly as twitter is being used for more command and control functionality. As soon as it becomes available, we’ll follow up. :)
[Update: Alex Matrosov has posted screenshots of the Twebot update at http://twitpic.com/1ousmx and http://twitpic.com/1ouse5.] Juraj Malcho, the Head of our Lab in Bratislava, reports that there have been further developments regarding the tool for creating Twitter-controlled bots described by Jorge Mieres and Sebastián Bortnik, Security Analysts at ESET Latin America, in an earlier blog at http://www.eset.com/blog/2010/05/14/botnet-for-twits-applications-for-dummies.
Our colleagues in ESET Latin America have just blogged about an interesting botnet creation tool: the original blog is at http://blogs.eset-la.com/laboratorio/2010/05/14/botnet-a-traves-twitter/, by Jorge Mieres and Sebastián Bortnik, Security Analysts. (Mistakes in interpretation are, as usual, down to me!) In the last years we have seen many security incidents driven by botnets and exploiting the technologies
If you regularly follow my blogs, you'll know that while this my primary blogspot, it isn't the only site to which I post (see signature for full details). Here are a few recent blogs and microblogs that may be of possible interest. @Mophiee asked me about the ICPP Trojan on Twitter (where I'm @ESETblog or
A press query was passed to me concerning our blogs about the Russian bombings and the fact that criminals are making use of the topic to spread malware using blackhat SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and abuse of the twitter service. See "Russian Metro Bombings: here come the ghouls" and "Here come (more of) the ghouls" for more
We seem to have pointed out rather often recently that giving away lots of information on Facebook, Twitter and other social network sites isn't a good idea. PleaseRobMe claims, somewhat amusingly, to be a resource for burglars, saving them the trouble of searching through Twitter and Foursquare for information on whose house is currently unoccupied. In