Cyber Attack | Data Breach
Published on May 28th, 2016 📆 | 4623 Views ⚑0
Hackers Tweet Out The Adult Content ThroughTake Over Thousands Of Twitter Accounts
Throughout the last week, there was a rush in cooperated Twitter accounts which expanding the adult content in which some of these belonging even to celebrities just like musicians, actors, and famous athletes.
The hackers control by taking over the profiles of Twitter by changing the avatar picture of a user as well as tweeting out links to adult websites or webcam sites.
All of any other details of users which are left intact in which including their last tweets and also their password. In most of the cases, the hackers replace the image of the users with the photo of a young woman in provocative poses or lingerie.
Even the hackers do not spam any other users by sending DMs as well as by direct tweets, but only post a few links on the profile of the victim and then start liking for accidental tweets. The users who obtain a like from these persons which from come investigating and found the spammed profile.
All of the links which were posted on the hacked profiles to use the URL shorteners, mostly Bit.ly, as well as conceal a link to adult websites by using the referral tags. If any curious users inspecting the hacked account by click on that link and then sign up for one of those services and the hacker make money from a small sum for each of them. And this amount usually varies between $1 and $5 which are depending on the transferring network.
And the campaign trapped our eye as well as Symantec's too. The security firm says that it noticed over up to 2,500 of Twitter accounts that hacked through this modus operandi.
However in some occasions, the hackers deal with the compromise even established accounts which are belonging to the celebrities, such as electrofunk band Chromeo who is a The Telegraph reporter, stand-up comedian Azeem Banatwala, Houston Texans wide receiver Cecil Shorts III, and the late New York Times reporter David Carr.
Even your reporter also observed in last week that another hacked celebrity account which is belonging to well-known jockey Ruby Walsh. Symantec did not contain this account in its report but whereas the account pursued the above-described methods.
The attackers took over the account changed the avatar of Walsh, tweeted out some vulgar images but left his password undamaged that’s why the jockey was capable of recovering the control of his Twitter profile.
Symantec informs that this campaign focused on the old accounts that preceding to being ruined looked to be discarded by their owners.
Bearing in mind that some profiles related to active users, the attackers are most of the possibly using passwords that disclosed in data hacks that they check on other sites to see if their owners reclaimed them on other sites. According to security firm ThreatMatrix, identity testing attacks that influence the hacked data became particularly popular in Q1 2016.