How Do I Avoid Spambots on Twitter?

I nowadays recommend to people to stay away from hotmail. On the edge of its seats: Thousands of Twitter accounts have been posting messages like the following in the last few hours:. Spambot accounts often lack details in their bio sections or follow thousands of people while having few or no followers. How to secure devices in your biz — belt and braces Berkeley bio-boffins' butt-blasting belly-bothering batt-teria generates electricity. Regardless of whether they have those capabilities, however, most pay-for-follower providers are identical to people who sell email addresses to advertisers. Free tools Sophos Home for Windows and Mac.

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It is probable that victims are tricked into handing over money for sales packs or training materials with little hope of recovering their initial investment.

Much the same tactic is sometimes used to recruit phishing mules, though it's unclear if that's whats happening in this case. The Register - Independent news and views for the tech community. Part of Situation Publishing. Join our daily or weekly newsletters, subscribe to a specific section or set News alerts.

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I nowadays recommend to people to stay away from hotmail. My friend said it was sent to everyone in his address book. It didn't go to my email. How would they get my cell phone number?

Normally I would never fall for such a thing but a tweet was posted "from" someone who anyone would consider to be a very reliable, totally honest fairly well-known person! You are commenting using your WordPress.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Skip to content Award-winning computer security news. Firefox receives critical security fixes — update now. Free tools Sophos Home for Windows and Mac. Sophos Mobile Security for Android. If an account looks like a spambot account, click its Gear icon and then block it. If you have too many followers for visual inspection to be practical, use a third-party service to help you, such as Twitblock, Fake Follower Check or TrafficLight links in Resources.

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Learn to Recognize Spambot Accounts

TweetMeme, a service which tries to work out which are the most popular links being spread via Twitter, has helped spammers promote a . Cybercrooks are using compromised Twitter accounts to spamvertise work-at-home scams. The bogus messages appear as both direct messages and regular Twitter updates that attempt to induce users. Thank you for helping us keep Twitter spam-free. The most effective way to report spam is to go directly to the offending account profile, click the drop-down menu in the upper right corner, and select "report account as spam" from the list.