“The Tweet of Death”
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Dear Blast Readers,
With fake news on the rise, do you ever question the truth behind the news sources you receive your news from? Do you ever wonder what is lurking in the shadows of your Facebook & Twitter feeds? Did you know that the Russians are behind a major Twitter hack? How vulnerable are you?
The Russian hacking game begun with simple email hacks, through phishing campaigns. Now, Russian hackers are executing sophisticated Twitter hacks. These attacks do not fall in the category of trolling, but in the category of spreading disinformation. The Russian hackers have sent malware infected messages to more than 10,000 Twitter users in the United States Defense Department. These infected messages contain carefully tailor messages. These messages target the specific interests of the targets. Some examples of the interests these messages are tailed to include:
- Recent Sporting events
- The Oscars
When clicked, these infected links take the users to a specific website, but not the website the users believe they are going to. When clicked the link redirects users to a Russian state controlled server. When accessed, the server downloads a program that allows the Russian hackers to take control of the users:
- Twitter Account
As the US attempts to contain the damage, as well as regain control over the devices that have been effected by the attack, it has been discovered that this is a new category of threat. It is also a new form of social media targeted attack, which the US is only beginning to understand.
So, how do you protect yourself from this sort of attack?
To protect yourself from this form of hack, it is important to:
- Be very vigilant with emails and/or Instant messages that comes from a source that you do not recognize.
- DO NOT click links, download files, or open attachments you are not expecting.
- Protect your device with firewall, spam filters, anti-virus & anti-spyware software.
- Check your online accounts regularly (to ensure that there is no unauthorized access occurring).
** Remember: Always be vigilant, you can be targeted online almost anywhere. **
If you have any questions relating to Malware, Phishing Attacks, Hacking, Cyber Security, or Computer Forensics contact FDS Global. You can reach us at our office at (954)727-1957 or by email at RMoody@FDS.Global. Please Feel to visit our website at www.FDS.Global.