Twitter worm spreading virally, possibly connected to Gawker attack

Twitter is facing a worm this morning that, according to Mashable, is “spreading like wildfire.” The attack comes from tweets advertising acai berries and link to sites with URLs containing “acainews.” While the exact nature of the attack has yet to be confirmed, it is spreading incredibly fast. Within one minute of news hitting the twitter-sphere, 10,000 malicious tweets had been tweeted on the subject, and that number is growing by the minute. Clicking on the link will compromise your account and make it vulnerable to hijacking. If you think your account has been infected, the best course of action for now is to change your password.

Damon Cortesi, a well-known Twitter third-party developer, says that the malicious code is coming from the compromised accounts themselves, and not the sites that they link to. Del Harvey, head of Twitter’s Trist and Safety Team, tweeted that due to the similarities between the accounts uncovered in the recent stolen Gawker database and the compromised Twitter accounts, it is likely that the attacks are connected. If you are one of the Gawker users whose account was compromised in that attack, it is recommended that you immediately change your Twitter password accordingly.

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@max22 & @Gnome, I totally agree with u guys, stop using Twitter and Facebook, use Myspace, like u said, where all your private data is safe and secure

max22 said,
And this is why ladies and gentlemen I do not ever use Twitter or Facebook!
No, that's because your social life is limited to colleagues. And that is considering you don't work from home.

Victor V. said,
No, that's because your social life is limited to colleagues. And that is considering you don't work from home.

Burrrrrnnnn !!!

TechGuyPA said,
I ta I ta I ta a puty kat.....

Oh wait wrong cartoon...sorry

Oh wait wrong words! Actually it's, "I tawt I taw a puddy tat!" and that puddy tat was me!

I don't and have never had a Gawker account but my fiancee told me this morning that my twitter has been posting weird stuff all night. I haven't been on my twitter in half a year and it has it's own unique password. My computer has been formatted a few times since the last time I was ever on it so it is impossible that the password was taken recently.

ILikeTobacco said,
I don't and have never had a Gawker account but my fiancee told me this morning that my twitter has been posting weird stuff all night. I haven't been on my twitter in half a year and it has it's own unique password. My computer has been formatted a few times since the last time I was ever on it so it is impossible that the password was taken recently.

not uncommon for accounts to be hijacked... one of my old hotmail accounts had about 1,100 emails promoting viagra, thankfully it was one of my spam mail accounts so meant nothing!

zeta_immersion said,
neowin is safe, nothing else matters

LOL great, can see some one reading that and going ..... Oh my, I've got a great idea neowin thinks they're Invincible ....

xXTOKERXx said,

LOL great, can see some one reading that and going ..... Oh my, I've got a great idea neowin thinks they're Invincible ....


Never cared for what they do