Twitter spam

by Richard on November 12, 2012

Isn’t it about time Twitter did something? Almost every DM I get now seems to be a spam message pretending to come from a known contact. Why are twitter accounts apparently easier to commandeer than other messaging systems? And while I reckon the lion’s share of responsibility lies with Twitter itself, any advice about preventing this would be welcome.

Update: Heal Your Church Website had some sage advice on What to do when your Twitter account gets compromised about a year ago. It’s still worth reading.

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Stuart 11.12.12 at 2:43 pm

There’s no way of stopping receiving them, it can only stop when our friends aren’t fooled.

Having said that, one of the reasons I’m commenting on this is that I was fooled earlier today and only saved by the fact I entered the wrong login info.

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Richard 11.12.12 at 3:06 pm

Twitter must be able to tackle this. It seems to be happening to everyone.

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Bene D 11.13.12 at 5:18 am

“It seems to be happening to everyone…”

and again to my account.

I’m sorry if any from BDBO came your way again.
Cre8d-design took out the WP plug-in, and I changed the Twitter password once more.
The WP plug in was changed first time Twitter sent out DM spam, as was the password, so obviously I don’t know what the solution is.
If friends get spammed again, I’m closing the Twitter account.

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Richard 11.13.12 at 7:40 am

Don’t this amiss, BD, but it was a DM from “you” that prompted this. But only because I’ve had several more from other people in the last few days, and my own account was abused this way a little while ago. In my case, changing the password seems to have stopped it, but for how long? I rather like Twitter, but this is getting to be a rather large fly in the ointment.

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BD 11.14.12 at 8:04 am

It is a rather large fly in the ointment.:^)

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Richard 11.14.12 at 8:15 am

Right on cue, and I got another bunch of pointless spam messages pretending to come from friends.

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