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Spammers Exploit Twitter Registration Flaw

TweetTornado Strikes

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The moment Twitter surpassed Digg.com was the moment it became a huge target; success comes with its own perils. While marketers early on were interested in the microblogging platform’s potential, an apparent flaw in the registration process left it wide open to automated spamming.
Spammers Exploit Twitter Registration Flaw
Enter TweetTornado, first brought to light by ZDNet, software allowing the spammy segment of the marketing world to create multitudes of Twitter accounts and commence with the phishing. Its effectiveness reportedly relies on a fundamental mistake by Twitter developers: not requiring valid email addresses for registration.  

The website demonstrates the software with a video, and boasts about search traffic leading to a bogus since suspended Twitter account showing only tweets referring to making quick cash, supposedly posted by a half-naked hottie dupes are sure follow out of animalistic reflex.

Spammers Exploit Twitter Registration Flaw

It’s likely the creator of the software expected to make more money before word got out. A bog post from January 23 advertised a “pre-launch” special of $49.99 per month, with projected future licensing fees of between $99 and $499 monthly.

We assume the folks at Twitter are on top of this, especially since ZDNet blew the lid off it, but they couldn’t be reached for comment. As Twitter popularity grows, the crew should be prepared to be bombarded with hacks and spammers.

This is the second embarrassing breach in a month. The Twitter crew returned to work after the holidays to a couple of security nightmares, one of which involved a simple dictionary attack on a Twitter admin account. The breach allowed a boastful hacker to access any account of his choosing, including Britney Spears and Bill O’Reilly’s.
 

Spammers Exploit Twitter Registration Flaw
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  • http://dofollow001.com/ AndyW

    Where there are internet users there is money there is spam

    A bit of a silly oversight by Twitter, but still, easily corrected

  • http://randomplaza.com/help.anonymous.php Brave Agent Pubeit

    After only 3 days, the cache link http://209.85.129.132/search?q=cache%3Atwitter.com%2FAarensAbritta&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a in the article already can’t find the cache.

  • http://officialsafetyandsecurity.com/hiddencameras Debbie Morgan

    I’m on Twitter as well as other social site to socially market my safety and security web site as well as raise awareness for it’s products because there is so much crime in our neighborhoods but it doesn’t stop there. It’s everywhere. Thanks, Jason, for bringing this to our attention.

  • http://www.indiesurf.com Darren Tan

    It’s time for twitter to look into its registration process before any of us got our accouts hacked into… Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.. :-)

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      I didn’t see the point of Twitter until I joined to give it a try. Now I use it on almost daily basis to post news and build followes which may in turn become customers one day. I have already seen some traffic from it.

  • http://www.pinoyboldstar.net/ pinoy

    twitter will soon be bitter. shoulda known better… :(

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    It was pointed out that the spike occurred almost one month after the initial release of the “Suggested Users” feature and shows several graphs from Twitterific on how quickly it happened to several high profile accounts.