Cyber criminals targeting Twitter

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Cyber criminals are setting snares that move at the speed of news.Panda Security, a Spain-based antivirus maker, has been monitoring an onslaught of links with malicious software, or “malware,” on Twitter that tag hot topics such as the Air France crash, the NBA finals, “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert and the new iPhone.

“Cyber criminals have been targeting Twitter users by creating thousands of messages (tweets) embedded with words involving trending topics and malicious URLs,” Sean-Paul Correll, a threat researcher for Panda Labs, wrote recently on a blog for the company.

The growing sophistication of malware attacks mirrors the growing threat — and cash — generated by online crime. Already, cyber crime is estimated to cost companies and consumers more than $100 billion worldwide. Some officials claim it has now eclipsed illegal drugs as a criminal moneymaker. (Source: Twitter message could be cyber criminal at work – CNN)

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Just a thirty-something guy currently hanging it up in the greater Green Bay area. My post-high school educational background is mainly in the Information Technology field. Specifically I have an A.A.S. in Computer Network Systems and a B.S. in Information Systems Security, both from ITT Technical Institute, in addition to A and MCDST certifications. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and sports. My Christian faith is also important to me as a Missouri-Synod Lutheran and all my children attend a Lutheran grade school. When it comes to political leanings I am a conservative first and foremost which you will discover rather quickly. As for sports I am a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Posted on June 22, 2009, in malware, Security, Twitter and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Cyber criminals targeting Twitter.

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