Twitter: April 2009 Archives

There's been a rash of spam zinging around on Twitter, all of which is directing users to

You can see more about that here, on the Sophos blog. The spammer tactics seem to be changing a little bit, perhaps so they can avoid detection for a little while longer. We're starting to see profiles that don't send out spam links via messages, but instead place the spam URLs in the profile description instead.

Here's a sample, you'll probably spot the rather odd pattern in the URLs follow:


Um, yeah. A little bizarre, I'm sure you'll agree. All of the above domains look identical to the SmartECard domain, there's probably more out there too:

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As with warnings of the original domain, if you've entered any login details at the above sites, go and change them immediately just to be on the safe side. Interestingly, all the profiles I've seen related to this scam are blank placeholders with no photo or information added to the fake profiles. However, there IS one where they've made a basic attempt to look like a real person:

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Don't be fooled - the above profile is as fake as the rest of them. While you're probably sick to death of being told to watch what you click on Twitter right now, it's about the best advice anyone can give.
Remember those sites that want you to install Zango in return for ripped movies?

Sure you do.

Well, I've just seen the inevitable happen - it was only a matter of time before Zango affiliates latched onto Twitter as a means of promoting their installers. Here's a sample shot of a Twitter profile that's been firing out Zango related links since March 17th:

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Depending on which link you click (and there's quite a lot of them), you'll end up seeing something like this:

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Of course, you'll only see any content on the site if you agree to the Zango install.

The site in question here is

I'd imagine there are plenty more Zango affiliates firing out links on Twitter, so if you see people advertising "free movies" or TV shows, there's a good bet you'll be taken to a Zango installer prompt...


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