Twitter Worm links to Russian site Spreading Rapidly
If, while perusing the ever-popular Twitter micro-blogging site, you chance upon a tweet stating "Best Video" with a link that leads to "http://juste.ru", you must not, under any circumstances, click that link. It's a link that will force your account to fall victim to yet another bothersome Twitter worm.
The details behind the worm's spread across the social network are still quite ambiguous, but from the look of things, clicking on the juste.ru video link will cause your Twitter account to become spam central. The people who've clicked the link ended up having their passwords stolen and their accounts used to spam the tweet featuring the dangerous video link to all their followers.
Although further information about the worm is limited, Twitter's official spam advisory nevertheless reported that the social networking site is conscious of the situation and is doing everything it can to deal with the spreading malware. The tweet also cautioned people to not access the "http://juste.ru" URL.
Russian site involved in Twitter Hacking
The "Best Video" isn't the first or last malware epidemic to afflict the micro-blogging network. This week, Twitter was invaded by the "Twittercut" worm, which followed a similar modus operandi to the "Best Video worm. Furthermore, just last month, the social network was seriously plagued by a worm prank that appeared to have originated from its rival site, StalkDaily.
The site was also forced to suspend several legitimate accounts in order to completely scrub off all the residual spam. Twitter assures that this is just a short-term measure, and all actual accounts that were forced to perpetuate the malware distribution cycle will be reinstated as soon as all traces of the worm and its spam link are removed.
The nature of the worms infecting Twitter has revealed quite a bit about the design flaws that the micro-blogging community has. Because the site has risen to mainstream popularity, it has become the perfect target for worm infestations and hacker hijacks.
What's more, the info-and-content-sharing nature of the network and the popularity of Twitter services like Tiny URL and Bit.ly has made it nearly impossible for users to tell if the link they're clicking is safe or not.
If the main point of the web community you're in is to actually click on the links and peruse the content presented to you, then it'd be hard for anyone to setup the proper security measures against abusive and exploitative hacks tailor-made to take advantage of this shortcoming.