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Botnet spamming on Twitter

5:05 pm on Oct 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

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As I was watching the #pubcon feed today I suddenly saw a ton of spam on what appear to be valid accounts. Compromised or planted long in advance? I naturally tweeted about this and someone else replied that another hashtag they were following was also seeing a spam attack.

Brian Krebs (well known security & fraud expert) posted about this on his blog in a post titled "Buying Battles in the War on Twitter Spam".

The success of social networking community Twitter has given rise to an entire shadow economy that peddles dummy Twitter accounts by the thousands, primarily to spammers, scammers and malware purveyors. But new research on identifying bogus accounts has helped Twitter to drastically deplete the stockpile of existing accounts for sale, and holds the promise of driving up costs for both vendors of these shady services and their customers.


Twitter seems to be in a totally reactive mode over this. I'm not sure there's anything we can do about it but it does create a huge issue when people are following a hashtag for a focused period of time like at PubCon. Is there a way around it or are we stuck?