>11.6 hours survey scam spreads like wildfire on Twitter – Sophos


> 11.6 hours survey scam spreads like wildfire on Twitter

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Filed Under: Featured, Social networks, Spam

A rogue application has caught Twitter users off their guard today, with thousands of people duped into clicking on links believing that it will reveal how many hours they have spent on Twitter.
I have spent 11.6 hours on Twitter. How much have you? Find out here

I have spent 11.6 hours on Twitter. How much have you? Find out here: [LINK]

However, if you click on the bit.ly link being used in the message you are taken to a page which attempts to connect a rogue application called “Time on Tweeter” with your Twitter account.
Twitter connect dialog
The application instantly tweets a message to your Twitter feed, claiming that you have also spent 11.6 hours on Twitter..
Twitter message
..thus spreading the link virally, and then directs you to a page which presents a revenue-generating survey on behalf of the scammers.
Survey scam linked to from Twitter
Affected users should revoke the application’s access to their Twitter account immediately.
Twitter revoke app
Scams like this are very commonly encountered on Facebook, but are more rarely seen on Twitter.
Sophos is in contact with bit.ly about closing down the offending link, but it’s always possible that the scammers will use other links and other names for their rogue applications. So be on your guard and always think twice before allowing a third-party app to have access to your Twitter account.
I’ll be publishing more information about this fast-spreading scam shortly – but in the meantime, feel free to follow me at @gcluley on Twitter.

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