A new virus threat is spreading rapidly on Twitter - driven by Tweets that seem to link to a photo of the user.
There is no photo - and researchers warn that the cybercriminals could change the wording of the Tweets at any time.
Instead, clicking the link connects users to a Russian website that overwhelms their computer, infecting them with the 'Blackhole' exploit kit.
The threat is being widely spammed across the network, and infects Windows PCs.
The links point to Russian web pages that ultimately attempt to infect Windows PCs using the Blackhole exploit kit.
At present the dangerous tweets say ‘It's you on photo?’ or ‘It's about you?’, followed by a link.
The cybercriminals behind the campaign could change the wording used in the dangerous tweets at any time.
‘If you see tweets like this, please do not click on them,’ said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.
‘There isn't a photo of you waiting at the end of the link - and the accounts that are spreading the messages have either been compromised by hackers or have been created by hackers with the purpose of spreading the dangerous links.’
‘There's a real danger that if Twitter users have not properly protected their PCs, and unless they are warned of the risk, that many people will click on the links without suspecting that they are
putting their computer and personal data at risk,’ warned Cluley.
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