Watch Out! The Twitter Virus Wants You!

This weekend, I received a direct message through Twitter from a friend of mine.  "Wow!  I guess you didn't realize that they were watching you. {insert URL} " read the generic but intriguing message.  But when I clicked the link, the URL first went to Facebook, then to a copycat Facebook page with a different URL.

Ugh!  I had just been targeted by the Twitter Virus!!!

This particular virus sends direct messages from a Twitter account to people who follow that account, telling the recepient that he or she appears in an interesting video.  The message also helpfully includes a link to the suspect video.  But the video link goes to an imitation Facebook page where you are prompted to enter your Facebook login information.   Also, as soon as you click the link, the virus begins trolling your followers list, resending itself to continue the hack.

If you get one of these messages, DO NOT OPEN THE LINK.  I would also let the sender know that their Twitter account seems to be hacked.  That's how I found out later that my Twitter account was hacked - a very nice person told me about a message that I supposedly sent them.

If you do click on the link or your Twitter account is otherwise hacked, I suggest you take the following steps:
  1. Change your Twitter and/or Facebook passwords.
  2. Delete any direct messages that contain the virus sent from your Twitter account.
  3. Check any application linked to through Twitter.  Do you recognize all of them?  Do any of them use the same password?  If so, change the password.
  4. Check any application linked to through Facebook.  Do you recognize all of them?  Do any of them use the same password?  If so, change the password.
  5. Change the password on any account that shares the same password as Twitter or Facebook.
  6. Check your Facebook security settings to ensure that nothing has changed.
  7. Run a virus scan of your computer.


  1. I wish people would stop being so evil and using braincells to find ways to screw other people's lives up. Grrrr. I hate sociopaths.

  2. Kathryn, I appreciate you sharing this info! I probably get one or two of these hack spam direct messages a day in my twitter in box.

    Incidentally, not sure if it was intentional, but the "here's how to fix it" portion of your blog entry above is blue or grey on a brown background, and somewhat difficult to read. It's good info.


  3. Hi! I am getting messages saying that someone has been saying bad things about me. Then, I have done the things you suggested but, am now getting harassed by the people who haven't? Good luck.

  4. Highlighting the text might help to make it visible. I also copied and pasted so I could change the color of the font.


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