Phony Twitter Direct Messages—You’ve Been Hacked!

Robert Terson

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a public-service announcement.

Periodically (at least two or three times a week) I’ll receive a Twitter Direct Message that is an absolute phony. It’ll read something like this: Did you see this pic of you? lol bit.ly/Xkh1XL .

[WARNING: If you attempt to turn this into a live link so you can click on it, do NOT put in your Twitter name or password!!! This is a phony sign-in page!!!]

It’s obviously designed to raise your blood pressure and lure you into clicking on the link, which, as stated above in the warning, takes you to a phony sign-in page. Once you put in your password, they’ve got you, your account has been hacked, and then the continuing cycle of phony Direct Messages goes out to all your followers. The only way to put a stop to this ridiculous nonsense is by immediately changing your password. So, consider yourself alerted to this nasty phenomenon.

How do I know all this? Alas, by painful personal experience. I foolishly got sucked into their hacking vortex in October 2011. I spent a few hours cleaning up the mess. I even wrote a blog about one follower who unfollowed me because of it—“A Character Lesson from a Hacking Experience.”

I think it’s time that we all banded together and spread the word about this crap, so we can put a stop to it. I hope you’ll let everyone know about it who’s in your sphere of influence. Write about it, talk about it, tweet about it until there isn’t a soul on Twitter who isn’t aware of it. Let’s send these hacking jerks a message that the game is over and it’s time for them to get a life.

What do you say? Will you help me accomplish this worthy task?

 

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