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Twitter Spam Lures Users With Free iPad Offer Warns Symantec

Symantec : 10 August, 2010  (Technical Article)
Latest twitter related spam indicates increasing trend by spammers to exploit trust relationships established through social networking sites
On the most recent bout of 'free iPad' Twitter spam this afternoon, Orla Cox, a security expert at Symantec, comments: 'With these attacks, spammers hope that they can lure Twitter direct message recipients into action by hiding behind the reputation of trusted social networking contacts. The combination of a message from a trusted sender, the promise of a hotly-desired item, like the iPad, and a suspicious website hidden behind a shortened URL can easily fool people.

"With social networking and user-generated content continuing their rapid expansion into the mainstream, trust is increasingly becoming the cornerstone of our digital lives. As more of us connect online with each other, spammers are increasingly looking to exploit the trust between these connections.

"To avoid being a victim of such phishing attacks, the old rule, 'if you don't trust the sender, don't click on the link,' isn't enough. Smart digital habits are needed and users need to be weary of links, no matter the source."

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