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It’s no laughing matter!

Twitter users present cybercriminals a huge potential opportunity to hatch and launch spam and phishing attacks.

tech reviews Updated: Mar 09, 2010 01:35 IST

Twitter users present cybercriminals a huge potential opportunity to hatch and launch spam and phishing attacks.

According to Twitter’s analytics team, tweets have grown to 50 million daily versus five thousand daily in 2007. Even a small fraction of users who fall for these attacks can prove to be lucrative for criminals.

Twitter members were receiving messages such as “LOL. This is me??” or “LOL. This you?” On clicking these phrases users were linked to China-based Twitter log-in pages. Those who provided their log-in information had their private information harvested for later misuse by these cybercriminals.