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Sorry for the Nazi spam from my Twitter account | #SocialMedia #Hacking #ThirdParty #Apps #Awareness

Sorry for the Nazi spam from my Twitter account | #SocialMedia #Hacking #ThirdParty #Apps #Awareness | Social Media and its influence | Scoop.it
It happened to me (and many others). It could happen to you.

 

So what happened?
Thankfully others had done their detective work while I was listening to podcasts at 30,000 feet. The message had been sent from my account (and many others) via a third-party app called Twitter Counter.

 

Twitter Counter requests read *and* write access to your Twitter account, in order to do its jiggery pokery counting your Twitter followers. I gave Twitter Counter access to my account in October 2014, and that clearly was a decision I now regret. Quite why it would need write access, unless it is planning its own self-promotion, I can't say.

 

The fact that a third-party app was used means that the hackers didn't have my Twitter password. Phew! It also meant, however, that they didn't have to try to bypass Twitter's Login Verification feature in order to tweet from mine and thousands of other Twitter users' accounts.

 

What should you do if you had your Twitter account hijacked in this way?

 

Delete the offending tweet, and revoke the offending third-party app's access to your Twitter account.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://support.twitter.com/articles/76052

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence/?&tag=Twitter

 

 

Gust MEES's insight:
It happened to me (and many others). It could happen to you.

 

So what happened?
Thankfully others had done their detective work while I was listening to podcasts at 30,000 feet. The message had been sent from my account (and many others) via a third-party app called Twitter Counter.

 

Twitter Counter requests read *and* write access to your Twitter account, in order to do its jiggery pokery counting your Twitter followers. I gave Twitter Counter access to my account in October 2014, and that clearly was a decision I now regret. Quite why it would need write access, unless it is planning its own self-promotion, I can't say.

 

The fact that a third-party app was used means that the hackers didn't have my Twitter password. Phew! It also meant, however, that they didn't have to try to bypass Twitter's Login Verification feature in order to tweet from mine and thousands of other Twitter users' accounts.

 

What should you do if you had your Twitter account hijacked in this way?

 

Delete the offending tweet, and revoke the offending third-party app's access to your Twitter account.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://support.twitter.com/articles/76052

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence/?&tag=Twitter

 

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Twitter attacks the source, sues ‘most aggressive’ spammers and spam tool builders in federal court

Twitter attacks the source, sues ‘most aggressive’ spammers and spam tool builders in federal court | Social Media and its influence | Scoop.it
Twitter has today announced that it has brought suit in a federal court in San Francisco against 5 of the 'most aggressive' spammers and tool builders who facilitiate distributing spam ...
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New fake antivirus spam hits Twitter

New fake antivirus spam hits Twitter | Social Media and its influence | Scoop.it
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A new wave of spam has hit the popular social network Twitter which pushes advertisements for a free and “proven” antivirus. The link is malicious and the antivirus is fake.

 

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