Phishers are once again on the prowl for unsuspecting Twitter users, tempting their prey with the promise of pictures of Osama Bin Laden.
Pictures of Osama Bin Laden [LINK]
Some of the accounts had earlier posted a similar message (complete with some rather sloppy spelling):
Pics of Osama Bin Laden Are Finally Released! [LINK] ::wanring very gorry::
Clicking on the links takes you to what appears to be the normal Twitter login page.
Would you enter your username and password at this point?
Take a close look at the URL before you make that decision.
Hopefully you notice that it’s not the real Twitter URL – it’s a phishing site set up to steal your username and password.
If you make the mistake of entering your username and password then you will handing over the keys to your account to phishers, who would then be able to use your account to read your private messages, send messages (perhaps spam-related or containing malicious links) to your followers.
Worst of all, if you’re one of those people who uses the same password as you use elsewhere on the internet – you’ve now told the cybercriminals how to access, for example, your Gmail, Hotmail or PayPal accounts as well.
If you found your Twitter account was one of those sending out the phishing messages, or if you made the mistake of entering your username and password, then you must change your password as soon as possible.
Not just on Twitter, but also make sure you’re not using the same password anywhere else on the net. You have to consider that password is now compromised.
There’s some other house-cleaning you should do on your Twitter account too. Visit the Applications tab in “Account Settings”, and revoke access for any third-party application that you don’t recognise.
In the war for social media supremacy, Facebook is king, but Twitter is a major player and Google is making both companies nervous with Google+. All three can’t be winners, though — most people simply don’t have enough hours in the day to use three different social networks.
So, we ask you: which social media service has your support?
That’s the question of the week for this special edition of the Web Faceoff, a series where we ask you, the readers, to choose between two competing web companies or products. Today, the question is simple: Do you prefer Facebook, Twitter or Google+?
It’s been interesting to see people compare Facebook, Twitter and Google+ against each other. Some sayGoogle+ is a threat to Twitter, not Facebook, while others think Google+ will never go mainstream. More than half of Mashable readers in a recent poll we conducted said they intend to leave Facebook for Google+.
Clearly much has changed since 2009, when Facebook bested Twitter in one of our first Web Faceoffs.
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Twitter is finally retiring the old version of its social media service, nearly a year after the launch of New Twitter.
“If you’re currently using Old Twitter, we want to let you know that you’ll be upgraded to New Twitter this week,” the company announced in a tweet.
Twitter has been warning users since the switch to New Twitter that the old version would eventually be retired. In June, the social media company made its warning more urgent. Twitter informed us at the time that a permanent switch was impending.
Will you miss the old version of Twitter, or is this change long overdue?
According to a recent article from the coolcats at Fast Company, “Digital Oxytocin: How Trust Keeps Facebook, Twitter Humming”, the Pew Research Center has shown that the more time you spend on the internet, especially social networks like Facebook and Twitter, the more trusting you become.
Not just on social networks, but everywhere – both online and in real life.
Now, the article is well worth a read, but those of you short on time, here is the gist:
As the report put it, "The typical Internet user is more than twice as likely as others to feel that people can be trusted," with regular Facebook users the most trusting of all. "A Facebook user who uses the site multiple times per day is 43% more likely than other Internet users and more than three times as likely as non-Internet users to feel that most people can be trusted."
With 30% of the world estimated to be online – about 80% of North America and 60% of Europe – and more than half of these users belonging to some social networking site, an increase in trust could have major impacts on how people interact in the future.
Does this mean that social network users will eventually become a bunch of loved-up hippies? It is really difficult for me to imagine what I would be like if I shed my cynical armour.
I shouldn’t really worry: while I study social networks all the time, I am more of a voyeur than a player. Let’s be honest here – I find them really scary.
Many users of social networks seem completely addicted – they are on there all the time, recording every event of their lives. It just seems so intrusive to me…and compulsive. A recent Intel ad unintentionally sums it up well, and I guess I am not tempted to building a “Museum of Me”. MORE
An official Twitter account belonging to the political team at Fox News has been compromised and fallen into the hands of hackers who have posted false stories claiming that Barack Obama has been assassinated.
The messages were posted at approximately 2am local time, and were quickly retweeted across the network.
Messages posted to the @FoxNewsPolitics account included:
BREAKING NEWS: President @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much. It's a sad 4th for #america. #obamadead RIP
We wish @joebiden the best of luck as our new President of the United States. In such a time of madness, there's light at the end of tunnel
The rogue tweets seem to have begun after a message was posted on the FoxNewsPolitics account saying “Just regained full access to our Twitter and email. Happy 4th”.
That message implies that whoever hacked into the account compromised the email address of the person who administers the FoxNewsPolitics account, giving an unknown third-party the ability to post tweets at will.
At the time of writing the false announcements are still present on the FoxNewsPolitics Twitter page – the July 4th Independence Day holiday may mean that no-one at Fox has been able to log into the account to remove the tweets.
A Twitter account calling itself “TheScriptKiddie” has claimed responsibility for the attack, but has since been suspended.
The Fox media empire appears to have drawn a lot of fire from hackers in recent months. In May, hackers stole details of employees usernames and passwords and defaced Twitter and LinkedIn pages.
Previously, the personal information of more than 250,000 people was stolenfrom Fox’s The X Factor show.
Although some may be amused by the latest hack, users can clearly be put at risk if an account is exploited by somebody with malicious intentions (they could link to a website containing malware, as we recently saw with the recent breach of Simon Pegg’s account for instance).
The employees of Fox responsible for the administration of the company’s social media accounts might be wise to refresh their knowledge of password security and check that their computers have not been compromised with spyware.
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There are various different ways of getting more followers on Twitter.
The easiest method is to be a celebrity. It doesn’t matter if you tweet anything interesting, you’ll probably find a fair number of people will follow you regardless.
Alternatively, you could try to tweet something that people find useful or amusing or informative on a regular basis. If you put in the hours, write great tweets and be yourself then you may find others are happy to follow you and engage with you online.
But if both of those options sound far too tricky, you might be tempted to try the Twitter equivalent to a “get rich quick” scheme in your hunt for more followers.
Take these messages which are currently appearing on Twitter, for instance:
GET MORE FOLLOWERS MY BEST FRIENDS? I WILL FOLLOW YOU BACK IF YOU FOLLOW ME - [LINK]
If you are tempted to click on the link, you will be taken to a webpage which offers you a service that promises hundreds or thousands of new followers. Many different websites exist like this, here’s just two of the sites we have seen being used in the current campaign.
Although the graphics differ, the basic template of the site remains the same – including options to either pay for a VIP plan or try out a free service that promises hundreds of new followers.
I must admit I smelt a rat, and so I created a brand new Twitter account to see what would happen if I tried out the “free trial”.
Hello hello.. what’s this? The pages ask you to enter your Twitter username and password. That should instantly have you running for the hills – why should a third-party webpage require your Twitter credentials? What are the owners of these webpages planning to do with your username and password? Can they be trusted?
In the bottom right hand corner, they admit that they are not endorsed or affiliated with Twitter.
Now obviously I wasn’t going to handle over the password for my @gcluleyTwitter account, so I entered the login details for the test account I had just created instead.
Before I knew it, I was presented with a familiar Twitter dialog box asking me if I really wanted to grant an application access to my Twitter account.
Common sense would hopefully tell you to step back at this point, and not allow the app’s authorisation. But if you’re hungry for new followers maybe you would continue, oblivious to the risks.
But sadly, some people are too keen for new followers. And they pay the price in the form of a message promoting the followers service is posted to their feed. In this way, the links can spread rapidly between Twitter users.
What surprised me the most however is that I started to get many more followers on my test Twitter account. Other, seemingly random, Twitter user began to follow my test account in huge swathes and my account began to follow seemingly random people in return.
Although this may seem like a good thing, it isn’t. After all, the rogue app has now made your account follow scores of seemingly random Twitter users – if you have no interest in what they have to say, you’re going to find that pretty irritating.
Furthermore, if you’re just playing a numbers game on Twitter you’re fooling no-one but yourself. It doesn’t actually matter how many people in total follow you on Twitter – what’s much more important is how many people arelistening to what you’re saying on Twitter.
It’s no good, for instance, if you have five million Twitter followers but there aren’t actual people sitting behind them, reading what you have to say.
In other words, these “get more followers fast” apps are a waste of time. You’re not interested in what random people are saying on Twitter, so why should random people care about what you have to say?
Furthermore, whose to say that some of these new people who you are following are not cybercriminals, planning to tweet out malicious links or spam messages in your direction?
So, what should you do?
Well, if you fell for the trap and granted the rogue application access to your Twitter account, revoke its rights immediately by going to the Twitter website and visiting Settings/Applications and revoking the offending app’s rights.
But don’t forget that you entered your username and password on the third-party website too! That means you should consider your password to now be compromised, and you should change it as soon as possible.
Remember – the fact that you gave them your username and password means they could in theory log into your account and read any of the information you store up there – including your email address and your private direct messages.
If you take no action against attacks like this, don’t be surprised if the unknown parties who now have control over your Twitter account use it to commit crimes or cause a nuisance.SRC
Twitter has launched a Follow button, enabling users to subscribe to the Twitter feeds of companies and individuals directly from their websites with a single click.
Previously, website publishers had to redirect users to their respective accounts on Twitter.com before users could opt to follow them. The new feature will likely encourage publishers to increase the number of “follow us” prompts on their sites, because they won’t have to risk redirecting their audiences off-site.
Users will still be able to preview profiles before opting to follow them by clicking the username next to the Follow button.
Those who are interested in adding the button to their own sites can set one up here.
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