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taffy078 Does Twitter pose a security threat?
Contributor 24th Aug, 2010 12:37
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I've just received my first twitter message in my email Spam box.

Said to be from "New Twitter Message (Your Manager Ginger Jacobson) <loosingb00@rossettimarketing.com>", the heading is "You can save hundreds, if you buy Norton Ghost 15 over here".

Norton Site Safety says the site hasn't been tested yet, but its facebook and blog pages are safe.

There's no way that I would open such mail of course but it made me wonder if Twitter messages can contain viruses, trojans and the like.

If they could, presumably the normal IS security software would keep them at bay.

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Maurice Joyce RE: Does Twitter pose a security threat?
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Go here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter

Scroll down to Privacy & Security.

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thedillpickl RE: Does Twitter pose a security threat?
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Last edited on 24th Aug, 2010 20:20
A tweet for taffy
by Fred

Had banana & peanut butter for breakfast. I've just finished cleaning up my e-mail, preparing to take dogs out. Am considering a late lunch out. Sunny but not so hot & humid today. Bye.

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How much more are you enlightened?

Read most all the Wiki article. I must be strange, are people that petty that they care what meat is on my sandwich?

Phone calls, e-mails, and phone (cell?) texting are private (or they are supposed to be). What is the allure of making personal info public?

I'm too old.


Fred

p.s. Almost forgot, Yes you can download bad nasties from Twitter as anywhere else.

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wr RE: Does Twitter pose a security threat?
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Fred, if this wasn't a such a formal Forum I'd tweet you a lol or rofl so I'll pass it by.

@taffy--as Fred suggests & Maurice pointed out in his link, social networking sites are quickly becoming the #1 attack
favorite of hackers. Their thinking is 'why try to hack a
financial institution when it's so much easier to have
someone click on a bad link & steal their identity'-by the
millions no less. Phishing & pharming seem to be on the
rise. So be careful of that 'tweet', email from your
financial institution, or link(s) in an email from a stranger.

Regards, wr


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Anthony Wells RE: Does Twitter pose a security threat?
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hey Great and Illustrious Silver One , i'm sitting on my bed in front of my flat screen TV drinking a glass of Merlot ; it's slightly chilled from the fridge as we still have a temperature in the upper 80's F of course .LOL

What you do'in wr , taffy , Fred .

A

Ps ; did you scan me for a virus before reading , should be OK mynose is not blocked .

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mogs RE: Does Twitter pose a security threat?
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It probably starts out as someone wanting lots of friends Fred....rather than a slice of veal without any bread ? In naivety, or when we were green, we probably made some disclosures....not exactly forced, tho' maybe systematic...that later aren't always accompanied by regret ? We've probably all known someone who's said "friend" quickly when it wasn't the password....not because the AK15's were about ?! Popularity is a media tool these days where once it might have been confined to free and unpaid, statesmanlike political service ?! Making numbers of friends at a stroke probably has at least two sides to it too !!
I suppose we're somewhat very lucky here....we sometimes get time and room under the auspices/hospitality of Secunia to "discuss" such a diversity of social subjects without fear of real bugs ? Some people may have never known any real privacy to safeguard in the first place....but I wasn't born in hospital !!! The finer nuances in a language may be alien to them ?
Then there's Africa....flies on the lips....dung beetles that can decimate Jumbo's droppings in no time flat. Scriptural Chinese may be less often cracked ?! We've got more than enough water !
Old ways aren't always secret catacombes and passages ?!
I'm wary enough ?



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thedillpickl RE: Does Twitter pose a security threat?
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Hi;

After reading these replies and rereading my post, an addendum may be in order.

I'd say that social sites do have a purpose if used correctly. The point I wanted to make is that one has to remember, when posting to these social sites, you are in essence 'living in a glass box with no curtains'. Like we said when I was (?) young, "You're letting it all hang out.".

@mogs, I suppose I should be more understanding of those who wish to make more friends through online encounters. My desire is to develop or build on existing friendship, not to see how many people I can know in a lifetime. I am pleased when the opportunity to meet new people arises. I'm glad to have made acquaintances here on the forum, they have broadened my sphere of influence (it's a joke, just a joke). Yes, a thank you to Secunia for allowing these little side chats.

@wr, Yes quite formal. If you can not contain yourself, you may come under censure. About the attacks by way of Twitter and similar sites, the few users that I know, tell me how their friends get so caught up in it, they will click on anything, for any reason. They explain that it's as an addiction. Tricksters don't have to work very hard if people click on something because it looks 'cool'.

@Ant, this http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH000045... is not a replacement for AV software. :)


Fred

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taffy078 RE: Does Twitter pose a security threat?
Contributor 25th Aug, 2010 09:41
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thank you for your humorous but also helpful technical tweets. Twitter holds no interest for me either.

As it was my first twitted email I though I'd ask out of curiousity! ;0)

PS Here's a virus for you . As I don't have any programming experience, this virus works on the honour system. I'm trusting you to delete all the files on your hard drive manually and forward this virus to everyone on your mailing list. Thank you for your co-operation.

(With apologies to the Irish Virus author!)



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