Phishing Attacks Hits Twitter Users – Utilising Direct Messages

I personally received the following direct message on Twitter from someone I know quite well:

hey! check out this funny blog about you…

It’s a link to a fake blogspot URL that redirects to a phishing URL for Twitter, it looks the same as the real login page but the actual URL is: (WARNING THIS IS A PHISHING SITE)

If you visit the page you’ll see a Phishing warning from Firefox.

Later on I also received the following DMs on Twitter.

hey look at this funny blog

fixed it.. hehe here is that blog i wanted to show you

You’ll notice in the last one that they have moved to using the direct Phishing URL rather than the blogspot as Google closed down the blogspot account used for Phishing.

It seems quite widespread meaning a lot of people have fallen for this and there are a lot of compromised Twitter accounts out there.

There’s some good info on the whole thing here:

Twitter Phishing.

If you have received any of the above or similar direct messages from anyone on Twitter do let them know and inform them they should change their password ASAP.

SANS/ISC have also mentioned it here:

Twitter/Facebook Phishing Attempt

And the folks over at Twitter have blogged about it too:

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7 Responses to Phishing Attacks Hits Twitter Users – Utilising Direct Messages

  1. navin January 5, 2009 at 12:26 pm #

    How stupid do U have to be if U sign in to a site whose URL is ??

    but it simply shows tht skiddies will phish even sites tht have no monetary value

    P.S. Its become a facebook phishing site now……. Roughly at 5:50 PM Indian Standatd Time………hahahahahaha …..a facebook phishing site at ……I repeat, how stupid do U have to be to sign into this!!

    Note: when U try to sign in, it redirects to which is another phishing site

  2. Bogwitch January 5, 2009 at 6:40 pm #


    You’ve got to think about all the people that got computers for Christmas, that’s a huge amount of fresh, virginal users that have never been phished before.

    As for the lack of monetary value, once the attackers have a reasonable number of accounts under their control, it becomes a lucrative spamming channel or malware distribution network. It could also prove to be an effective bank phishing attack network – you did mention that the users clicking on the link fall into the gullible category!

  3. navin January 5, 2009 at 7:07 pm #

    U mean something like:

    “moving with the times Bank of America has decided to use twitter to supply banking information to their customers

    Kindly login to your account at

    whoa…..U think 1024 characters would actually trick people??

  4. navin January 5, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    someone with a twitterholic rank of 15 got phished

    Rick Sanchez of CNN

    read abt it

  5. Bogwitch January 6, 2009 at 4:55 pm #


    I think that 1024 characters is way too many for many users.

    Given that there are 1,463,632,361 Internet users, and assuming that only 1% of them are gullible, and only 1% of that 1% are stupid (can we call them retarded?) and assuming that only 0.1% of them have XYZ bank accounts, a phishing campaign could net 146 victims. Now, I think the two 1% figures is understating the problem somewhat….

  6. eM3rC January 7, 2009 at 5:16 am #

    God, it seems like hackers seem to be hitting up every form of social networks. First its the google groups (orhut?), then myspace, facebook, and now twitter :P

    Also, the spam business has a yearly income of around ~401 billion US dollars. I guess some people are that oblivious regardless of how obvious the scam is…

  7. tekkaus April 28, 2009 at 9:15 am #

    I think we are too vulnerable nowadays! ;D Not safe anywhere especially the net.