Facebook scammers turn attention to Twitter

The same scammers who have been affecting Facebook are now targeting Twitter, evidence suggests.

The warning issued by internet security outfit, BitDefender, claims there is close connection between a Twitter scam reported by the Sophos naked security blog, and a Facebook scam.

Based on statistics provided by bit.ly, the online threats team which traced one of the URLs used to spread the recent #howlong Twitter attack noticed a number of Facebook scams such as ‘See who viewed your profile’ and ‘Your top stalker’ had been spread from the same user account. The scam seeks commenting rights from the user, which would, allow the scammer access to their account.

With scams such as this more commonly encountered on Facebook, the recent rogue application seems to have caught Twitter users off guard. Tweeters have been duped into clicking on dodgy links and finding themselves directed to a page presenting a revenue-generating survey on behalf of the scammers.

The similarities between the two instances suggest the authors looking to replicate their Facebook success have found that social networks are an effective platform for targets such as these asserts George Petre, BitDefender Threat Intelligence Team Leader. "Scam authors may have found the perfect medium in which to cleverly maximise impact and any revenue they may be able to make,". he warned.

Research suggests just two of the infected URLs used in the scam alone gathered more than eight thousand clicks.

With threats such as this so prominent, BitDefender urges social networking users to put their curiosity aside and think twice before clicking permission for a third-party app to have access to their accounts.