Liars, Cheats, and Thieves – Twitter

This is the 3rd in a year-long series of post on Liars, Cheats and Thieves.

Does your business have a Twitter Account? Beware.

Liars Cheats and Thieves – Twitter

Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”. Then other users can “like” and “re-tweet” your tweet, which is much the same as “share” is on Facebook.

Like Facebook, Twitter allows you to quote the original tweet and add up to 140 characters to the original tweet. What is growing on twitter is nefarious users are putting in short links when re-tweeting. A short link is a mishmash of characters that does not give the true “URL” it is directing to.

Here is an example.

Capture of misdirection

Here we see “Veronicaa” re-tweeted a tweet, adding a shortened “re-direct” to the tweet.

A few things are clear. If you check Veronicaa’s  profile, “she” randomly selects popular tweets across a broad spectrum of business tweets to push a scam. How do I know this is a scam? My virus scanner stopped me from even going to the site Veronicaa redirected it to!

Others send you to shopping sites with “incredible deals”, X-rated sites and more. Here’s another example.

This was a tweet for a pastor. Really.

liars cheats and thieves - twitter

Oh Look! We made a “local weekly paper”!

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church tweet

Yep. A tweet about church security during services gets misdirected to an adult site.

Lastly, I have seen them misdirect to the dreaded “Call Microsoft Now” sites that take total control of your browser. Can’t close the tab, can’t close the browser, can’t open another tab, can’t do anything except alt-control-delete and kill the browser in task manager.

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Oddly, “leave this page” doesn’t seem to work….. Anybody else think this doesn’t have anything to do with Microsoft??

So yes, Twitter can embarrass your company easily with a tweet. Or, your company tweet is blamed for crashing a computer. Or Lord knows what, if your malware/virus checker is not up to snuff. 

Twitter is a haven for liars, cheats and thieves.



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