Automated Spear Phishing
By Stu Sjouwerman, for KnowBe4.com Security Awareness Training
It was to be expected. Cyber criminals now are able to scrape your followers from Twitter, and send you a Direct Message (DM) supposedly coming from someone you follow, but the link is malicious and will only do harm in some form. Aleksa is a realtor in Miami, has been a friend of mine for more than 10 years but only created a Twitter account in ’09. She is not using it much, so of course I popped her an email asking if that was really her. And as expected, it was NOT.
So, from here on out, if you get Twitter Direct Message notifications via email from someone you follow, do not click on the link in the email, but go to Twitter itself and answer any communication from there!
This excerpt appears with permission from knowbe4.com.