Sponsor Robert Siciliano as he runs the Boston Marathon for Miles for Miracles, Children's Hospital Boston
ROBERT SICILIANO is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds.

FREE EBOOK

Check here if you're human

Sponsors

Business Security Measures to Prevent Fake Twitter Accounts

0
Pin It

Hacking a business Twitter account seems to be a favorite pastime for those wanting some kind of retribution and for others it’s just plain fun.  Once the businesses Twitter account is hacked their reputation is sullied making them look like they aren’t protecting their client’s data either.

In the past year NBC, Fox News, USA Today and a CNN anchor were the most visible of those attacked. Here are some twitter scams to be aware of:

Jacked Twitter Accounts:  Accounts including those of President Obama, Britney Spears, and others were taken over and used to make fun of, ridicule, harass or commit fraud.

Social Media Identity Theft: Hundreds of fake twitter accounts are set up every day. Sarah Palin, St Louis Cardinals Coach Tony LaRussa, Kanye West, Huffington Post and many others have had Twitter accounts opened in their names or names likened to them.

Twitter Worms: Worms infiltrating Twitter spread easily because rather than activating by clicking, users only needed to hover over a link to trigger an action.

Twitter as a Botnet Controller: Twitter account Hackers are now using Twitter account to send coded update messages to computers they’ve previously infected with rogue code

Twitter Phishing: If you receive a direct message or a direct message email notification that redirects to what looks like Twitter.com—don’t sign in. Look closely at the URL because it could be a scam.

Twitter Spam: The use of short URLs has made Twitters 140 character limit the perfect launch pad for spam leading to diet pills, Viagra and whatever else you don’t need.

#1 When experiencing problems revoke all access to 3rd party accounts connected to your Twitter account.

#2 Change up your password every 6 months or when experiencing issues (which ever comes first).

#3 Don’t click links in DMs or your feed unless you uncover short URLs first.

Robert Siciliano personal and small business security specialist toADT Small Business Security discussingADT Pulse on Fox News. Disclosures

About the Author
ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His "tell it like it is" style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment's notice on breaking news.

Similar Posts

  • Top 8 Worst Twitter Social Media Hacks
    Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert In the past year our use of Twitter has increased dramatically. And so has the criminal hacker’s attention to the opportunity to use it for illicit gain. Jacked Twitter Accounts:  Numerous Twitter (and Facebook) accounts including those of President Obama, Britney Spears, Fox News and others were taken over and used
  • Twitter Crime on the Rise
    Twitter is now beginning to see a substantial rise in active users. A recent report found that the percentage of Twitter users who have tweeted ten or more times, have more than ten followers, and follow more than ten people rose from 21% to 29% in the first half of 2010. Spammers, scammers, and thieves are
  • 10 Ways to Protect Your Twitter Account From Getting Hacked
    Recent news of Twitter accounts being hacked has slowed a bit, partly due to Twitter implementing two-factor authentication. When you sign in to Twitter.com, there’s an option in “Settings” under “Account security” for a second check to require a verification code to make sure it’s really you. You’ll be asked to register a verified phone number and
  • Twitter Phish Identity Theft Scam
    Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert I’ve been getting the same “direct message” from several of my Twitter followers. Apparently, their accounts have been hacked, because it’s a phishing message that says, “ROFL this you?” and contains a shortened URL. The link leads to a page that resembles Twitter’s log in page. The web address is /videos.twitter.zoltykatalogfirm/. Don’t go
  • 32 Million Twitter Pass for sale Add two-factor NOW
    The Dark Web, according to LeakedSource, got ahold of 33 million Twitter account details and put them up for sale. Twitter thus locked the accounts for millions of users. Twitter, however, doesn’t believe its servers were directly attacked. So what happened? The bad guys may have created a composite of data from other breached sources. Or,

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Xtreme School

Featured in

Anderson Cooper John Stossel Robert Siciliano Featured in
Browse by Month

Browse by Category