Phishing in real time; Twitter targeted

Twitter users should beware of latest cyberattacks.

We’re all used to receiving phishing attacks via e-mail. A message claiming to be from your bank or a lottery company lures you into visiting their Web site and revealing information about yourself, such as bank account or credit card numbers.

According to Marian Merritt, Symantec Corp.'s Internet safety advocate, last weekend phishers began targeting even the real-time conversations of Twitterers. “If you are a Twitter subscriber you should be aware of these recent phishing efforts and how to protect yourself,” Merritt advised in a blog entry.

According to some Twitter users, messages purportedly from known contacts suggesting that the recipient check out a Web site or blog turn out to direct the user instead to a phishing site.

Symantec advises users who have already been victimized by this scam to change their Twitter account passwords immediately. If you have any difficulty changing your password, contact the Twitter support team for assistance.

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Patrick Marshall is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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