Alert (19/10 08:36) – Watch out for ‘Found a funny picture of you!’ Twitter spam DMs, they are doing the rounds again. DO NOT CLICK!
I know I’m not everyone’s cup of tea (who is, right?) but I can’t believe how many bad blog posts have been written about me over the weekend! I’m so scared to read to them as I can be a real sensitive chap and may well break down in to tears…
That sinking feeling…
So you’ve all had them over the weekend yeah? DMs on Twitter along the lines of ’Hey theres a bad blog going around about you, seen it yet?’ accompanied by a nasty link? Have you clicked one and then immediately felt your stomach move north as you realise you have been duped? I’d like to think the average Twitter user isn’t stupid enough to do so. Clearly I am wrong as the spread of this spam attack has been quick and massive.
How do you react?
When I receive one of these DMs from a Twitter contact I at first feel pity for them. Especially if the account in question is a business – pissing off your customers with spam DMs ain’t a great impression! The immediate thought is to stop following the account in question, almost as some sort of safe-guard as becoming a victim. The really nice thing to do would be to let them know as not all user may have released their fate. As a brand/business I would suggest you send public tweets apologising and perhaps even write a blog post (you are blogging, right?) that you can direct people to for more information and at the same time educate them in what to click, and what not to click.
What can I do if I have been hacked?!?
- Change your password asap!
- Go to twitter.com – settings > applications and revoke access to anything that looks dodgy
- Never, ever click a dubious link again!!!
What can Twitter do?
Back in July we wrote about yet another really bad weekend for Twitter that involved crazy amounts of spam followers rearing their ugly (well actually quite often pretty) heads. Twitter seemed to get a grip of that after a couple of days. Will this one be dealt with as quickly? The issue here is that users are facilitating the spread by clicking. I don’t have a solution for Twitter, but it’s about time they made serious moves to get a grip of these incidents. I wouldn’t be putting any marketing budget in to a spam ridden network…
Over to you…
Have you been receiving these nasty DMs? Are you a business that fell for it and got hacked up good style? How have your followers reacted? What can Twitter do? Do share!
Update 17/10 21:06 GMT - We just got another ‘Bad Blog’ DM! It ain’t going away folks…
Update 17/10 @ 16:43 GMT - There now appears to be public spam along the lines of:
hey @xyz, @abc. @efg we have been flamed on @bfg’s blog post, check it out – <insert nasty hacker link>
This is a clever approach as it mentions people you tweet with. Beware!