Recently, a number of Twitter users have found peculiar tweets with such messages as “It’s you on photo?” or “It’s about you?” followed by a suspicious URL. These links open pages that infect your computer with a piece of malware known as the Blackhole exploit kit. If you happen to be tagged in a tweet with terrible grammar with a link to an alleged photo, do yourself a favor and just steer clear.
It’s a good rule of thumb to look before you leap when clicking a suspicious link, but a lot of the time, people don’t even think about it; they just open up the link in another tab to read later if they get around to it. Before they even know what hit them, their computers are infected with malware.
Below is a screencap of some of the malicious tweets. It’s very important that you do not go to ANY of the URL’s in the tweets at the risk of your computer being infected.
The links, when clicked, will infect your computer with the Blackhole exploit kit. This particular piece of malware is a real doozy. The exploit kit doesn’t attack a computer iteself, but instead determines all the bad stuff your computer is vulnerable to and loads it all onto your rig. When your computer has the Blackhole exploit kit, it’s as if the doors keeping spyware, malware, trojan horses, and other nasty things out have been thrown wide open. Needless to say, you don’t want it.
If you get a tweet like this, please just don’t open it. You are sure to have a really crappy day if you do.
(via Naked Security)
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