Twitter hackers: The cane toads of the internet

Cane Toad Twitter hackers (Image based on Photo by Brian Gratwicke via Flickr)There has been a growing incidence of Twitter accounts getting hacked.

While Jess Abrahams from Top End Sea Life has fought off these hackers firsthand over the last few days, last week’s compromise of the Rundle Mall account in Adelaide (one of the most iconic shopping precincts in South Australia) prompted me to pull some background together and outline what to look for.

In essence, hackers send you a direct message through a friend’s or contact’s account.

The message typically grabs your attention by saying ‘your friend’ has found someone saying something nasty about you on the internet, with a link for you to go and see for yourself.

The link is a fake site and if you log in you lose your Twitter account to the hackers.

It is an insidious, frustrating and meaningless activity that preys on your trust of a contact’s name and causes disruption and, in the case of businesses, potentially expensive losses. Indeed, from a business and marketing perspective, these hackers are as infuriating as cane toads!

Here is the link to the full article: Rundle Mall and the Twitter hacking scam.

Please pass it on to others you know who are relatively new to the internet or social media, as the principles apply equally to Facebook, email and other forms of online communication.


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