Nathan W. Bingham
Connecting in a Hyper-Connected World

You Been Fishing on Twitter (I Mean, "Phishing")?

…well there have been many people Phishing on Twitter lately, and sadly, many people taking the bait.

If you don’t know what I’m referring to, here are the words from the sometimes helpful Wikipedia:

In the field of computer security, phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure the unsuspecting public. Phishing is typically carried out by e-mail or instant messaging,[1] and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one.

If you’re on Twitter* or you’ve had reports that your account has been sending out SPAM direct messages, I suggest you read Ed Stetzer’s article, How to Avoid (and Apologze for) Falling for a Phishing Scam and Sending Out Spam.

* Even if you’re not on Twitter the article may be helpful as Phishing Scams target users of Internet Banking for example, and basically any online service that requires a username and password.