Direct Message Phishing to Spam

I received a Twitter DM from one of the accounts that was a victim of Twitter phishing this weekend.

Hey! I just got a FREE iphone from this website.. here

The culprit is a follower known to me, and not a random spam follower this time.  Looks like some other people are experiencing the same thing, according results found in Twitscoop:

Just received a DM from an actual follower. So not clicking th@, & delete! My 1st phish. Watch out 4 it Twitteropolis.

Added 2008.01.05:

An InformationWeek Article mentions that some hacked accounts were compromised by someone who hacked some Twitter support tools.

Twitter Phishing Attack Screenshots

A Mashable post about the Twitter phishing attack going on makes the point that this is a “coming-of-age” for Twitter, in that “nobody phishes where there are no phish to catch.”  Maybe so, but I’m annoyed nonetheless.

Twitter sent out a tweet (if you’re following @Twitter) linking to a blog post about the phishing event.

I’m up to 7 direct messages in the last 24 hours or so.

The blogspot blog used in the following message has been taken down by Blogger:

hey look at this funny blog


However, the access-logins site is still running, and looks “authentic” for not paying attention.

fixed it.. hehe here is that blog i wanted to show you


One commenter on the Mashable article notes that the domain was registered on December 16th, and that facebook.access-logins…. goes to the same site. (Actually, *.access-logins… goes there.) Perhaps the domain’s purpose is its name… to “access logins.”

If you leave off the “/login” on the path, you get a Facebook spoof page:


Various Predictions for 2009

These are the predictions I’ve seen in media/technology so far.  Anyone have any others?

From @themediaisdying tweet on Twitter:



  • Sony:  Further reduction in PS3 pricing, Blu-Ray struggles to gain ground on DVDs with streaming taking off
  • Apple:  Ends iPhone exclusivity with AT&T (on the heels of the Wal-Mart introduction) and Jobs announces his planned retirement.
  • Microsoft:  Windows 7 rushed out the door hits store shelves

From NetworkWorld:

  • IT spending to be cut 10-20%
  • Unemployed IT professionals will help boost growth in cybercrime.
  • Company’s social networking initiatives lose stream as they get considered speculative/frivolous.
  • Google to acquire
  • Wireless propagation slows down wired switch sales.
  • Video finally takes off as a communications medium.
  • Social engineering will proliferate and “Scareware” will boom.

I’ll be curious to see how much of this is valid even halfway through the year (if even quantifiable).


Added 1/1/2009:

Added 1/6/2009:

Added 1/12/2009:

DM Fail

Found this from the @mashable blog link: Twitter DMs That Went Public: DM Fail.

Someone creating a “service” to feed off of misunderstanding of how Twitter syntax works to try to pick out some incriminating tidbits that people didn’t intend as a public post. My thought is that if they are incriminating, they are much more so in context of the friend list who has already seen the accidentally public tweet. This search also misses out on the much easier accidental public tweeting via SMS–when you reply to a direct message, but forget the ‘d ‘ at the front. Especially when you also have the Twitter Facebook app on.

The Next Windows ME?

A co-worker the other day suggested to me that Windows 7 was going to be the next Windows ME, because of the rush to market that seems to be going on.   I would tend to believe the opposite; that Windows Vista is becoming the next Windows ME.  However, I’m starting to become mildly skeptical of the negative press around Vista (at a time when critical mass seemed to be approaching.)

Microsoft, and thereby Vista, is a victim of its own success.  Microsoft’s success can be attributed to having the most accessible (in terms of purchasing and running) operating system in the PC market.  Mac and Linux have passionate followings that often adopt a “common good” philosophy when it comes to necessary changes, each having their own class of power users who pull the user communities forward.  Mac OS made virtually a clean break with OS X (with some legacy support), but Apple wasn’t selling downgrade licenses to OS 9.  Nor is Apple in the business of supporting legacy hardware indefinitely.

Windows?  Windows is what you get if you buy a retail PC.  Windows is the Yahoo search engine in alternate universe where Google charges per search.  Windows just (sort of) works, and mostly plays ball with virtually any device manufacturer.  This breed of openness through ubiquity and anarchy creates the situation where there isn’t really any accountability for lack of support, yet it’s somehow expected just the same.

All user environments offer their own quirks, and many proprietary and open source applications are offered to help mitigate those quirks.  There’s is, however, one non-quirk that I would change about Windows from a user perspective:  there should be only one kernel/core dll that invokes a reboot when updated, and Windows itself should be the only thing allowed to update it.  Any other changes are just fluff and a reasonably competent and/or determined user should be able to make the most of the user experience.

Some articles from the Windows XP/Vista/7 vault:

Microsoft Extends XP’s stay – “Large PC Manufacturers were slated to have to stop selling Windows XP after January 31st [2008]”

Microsoft extends XP life… again

Windows XP Extensions Reflect Vista’s Woes

Microsoft’s Ballmer Touts Vista-To-XP Downgrade Program

Windows 7, Vista SP2 Hit Milestones