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September 18 2013

Why You Were Added to Twitter Spam Lists

Over the last few days, Twitter spammers have been urging users to find out Louis Tomlinson's phone number, hear a leaked version of One Direction's new album and get a free iPhone.

What's notable is that these spammers weren't sending tweets or direct messages. Instead, they made use of Twitter's list function, adding people to various lists and indirectly pointing thousands of users toward spam sites.

Lists are typically used to organize Twitter users into more distinct groups. You might have separate lists for celebrities, colleagues and friends, which allows you to monitor several different streams at the same time through tools like TweetDeck. A few months back, Twitter increased the number of lists each user can have from 20 to 1,000 and the maximum number of accounts in each list from 500 to 5,000. Read more...

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November 12 2009

WARNING: New Twitter DM Spam Attack

dm spamUh oh. It looks as if Twitter is being plagued by another DM spam attack. We’ve received a few ourselves, and plenty of Twitter users are taking to the medium to express that they too have received inordinate amounts of spam messages via direct messages. A quick search of “dm spam” on Twitter is yielding a bevy of results.

The DM spam attack, presumably being spread by hacked Twitter accounts, contains unknown but dubious content, and we advise you to avoid clicking on anything that appears suspicious. Be on the look for tweets like, “hi, did you do this quiz thingy.”

Direct message spam

Should you believe that your account has been hacked, we recommend changing your Twitter password immediately.

We’ve notified Twitter of the recent plague of direct message spam, and we’ll update this post when we know more. Until then, please leave a comment if you think you have additional information on this particular attack.

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Tags: spam, twitter, twitter spam

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