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'Time On Twitter' Scam Spreads

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'Time On Tweeter' Scam Spreads On Twitter

Like many scams we’ve seen on Facebook, fellow social media giant Twitter is having to come to terms with malicious people infiltrating people’s accounts.

Earlier today you may have noticed some of the people you follow posted similar tweets to each other stating: “I have spent 11.6 hours on Twitter. How much have you? Find out here.” The tweet invites you to click on a link which brings you to a page where you are asked to allow an application access to your Twitter account. You will then see tweets appear from you which say you’ve spent 11.6hours on Twitter - no matter how much time you have spent on the service.

The reason for all these annoying spam tweets? Once you have allowed access to the application you will then be directed to a page which presents a revenue-generating survey on behalf of the scammers. It is something similar to the Facebook scam which told people they could see how many people were looking at there profile page. In order to correct this situation, all you have to do is go to the Settings tab on your Twitter page, click on Connections and press Revoke Access on the offending application – which in this case is called “Time on Tweeter.”

Variations of this tweet have already been seen today, including ones where the amount of time is only 10.6 hours rather than 11.6 hours and security experts Sophos say we could see a lot more of these variations. While the scam is more annoying that malicious, if it is a glimpse into the future then we could be seeing a lot more spam tweets clogging up our timelines in the coming years.

Source: Sophos

aporiac

March 2, 2011, 10:29 pm

"...people were looking at there profile page..."

I see what you did their.

Disgrace

March 2, 2011, 10:36 pm

Hash tags, these sort of spam applications as well as spamming people rehashing the current Twitter Trends have already by-and-large ruined Twitter. But it was always going to be inevitable as Twitter got larger that the average IQ wasn't bound to raise, as proven by continual hash tags and the inevitable trend promoted solely by those asking "why is X trending?"

The situation can be fixed by following enough people to remain in-the-know without seeing the masses of rubbish, however.

Kaurisol

March 3, 2011, 2:54 pm

I must confess to never having had the slightest interest in using Twitter, thinking that it's primarily for people who think that they are more important than they are and the sad people who have no life that follow them......

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