Buffer, a service for scheduling social media posts, said Sunday it has strengthened its security after spammers gained access to its network.
On Saturday, Buffer halted all social media postings after a raft of spam coming from Buffer accounts hit Facebook and Twitter. Later that day, service was restored, but Buffer advised users to access their accounts from its main URL rather than from its mobile applications.
Yesterday afternoon a large number of Twitter users began to notice that they were being added to a bunch of oddly named Twitter lists.
Lists are normally used to group Twitter users by interest: "tech writers" or "top chefs." In this case, however, the lists had spammy names like GTA 5 Giveaway, Ashton Kutcher's Phone Number, and Candy Crush Saga Hack.
Over the past few days, a large number of HootSuite accounts have been hacked and abused to spread links to shady miracle diet websites.
The hacked HootSuite accounts, including ones of celebrities, are used to send out messages on Twitter that read something like this: “get a free groupon of pure garcinia cambogia, according to groupon this stuff is great to stay healthy! [link]”
The University of Illinois has had its email domain blacklisted by some providers after phishing scammers managed to compromise the email accounts of a sizable number of students and staff in a short period of time, the institution has said.
According to a warning posted to the Campus Information and Educational Services (CITES) website, the initial assessment was that the accounts of at least 36 people had been hacked during the attacks but that the true number was probably much higher.
A new wave of spam campaigns are dispensing "Gameover,” the only banking trojan in the Zeus family to use peer-to-peer (P2P) communications to hide its activities.
The threat of the malware has become even more pervasive now that criminals are using Cutwail, the world's largest spam botnet, to deliver malicious emails containing Gameover. The spam is made to look like messages from top U.S. banks, researchers at Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit (CTU) found, with the hopes of luring users into clicking attached PDF files.