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article imageCompromised Twitter accounts tweeting work-from-home spam scams

By Andrew Moran     Aug 2, 2011 in Business
Burlington - Sophos, an Internet security firm, is warning Twitter users of a new work from home spam scam. The spammers send a tweet/Direct Message with a link that takes you to a website that urges you to invest in a "Home Wealth Formula."
New tweets are being sent out urging users to click on a link that will take them to a work from home website. The tweets and/or Direct Messages (DMs) usually state: “Stay at home single mom makes $359/h. Work from home jobs. Check it out (URL)” – the amount of money has varied in each tweet.
Internet security company, Sophos, issued a news release Monday where it explains that cyber criminals are utilizing compromised Twitter accounts to spam work from home scamming websites.
Sophos investigated the matter and found out that clicking on the link will take the user to a website called the Business Journal, but the website customizes itself by changing the city name (I.E. New York Business Journal, London Business Journal and Beijing Business Journal).
The homepage writes in bold: “Working From Home Lead to Shocking Money Results.” It explains in detail that their Home Wealth Formula can help single mothers and teenagers make hundreds of dollars per day from home.
“But although it is trying hard to make its content more attractive to me, by pretending to be a report from my doorstep, it hasn't gone to the effort of claiming i can earn British pounds rather than US dollars,” wrote Graham Cluley of Sophos. “The scammers just haven't thought this through, have they?”
In the end, says Sophos, the website will scam you into investing money into this formula.
These waves of messages are the result of recent phishing attacks. If you are one of the Twitter users whose account has been compromised, it is best to change your password and run an anti-virus scan on your computer.
Twitter has been practical in its approach to handling these links from occurring. Last year, the social networking giant established a filtering service that would attempt to cease harmful websites from being included in DMs.
“By routing all links submitted to Twitter through this new service, we can detect, intercept, and prevent the spread of bad links across all of Twitter,” wrote Twitter in its blog. “Even if a bad link is already sent out in an email notification and somebody clicks on it, we'll be able keep that user safe.”
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