Twitter warns of phishing scam
Thursday, May 28, 2009/
Social networking giant Twitter has released a warning about a phishing scam that convinced potentially thousands of users to reveal the passwords of their accounts.
“We are currently pushing a password reset on accounts we believe may have been caught in a phishing scam,” a message on the company blog said. “Please exercise your best judgment when thinking about releasing your username and password to third parties.”
While the site has not revealed any details about the phishing scam, tech site PC Tools has said that users were caught out by a scam named ‘Twittercut’.
A spokesman for the site said that users were sent messages that promised a boost in the number of ‘followers’ on their account, and sent them to a fake website that asked them to enter their user names and passwords.
PC Tools said that up to nearly 13,000 users may have had their login information stolen.
The attack comes just after a major phishing attack stole the user names and passwords of several Facebook users using a similar method.