Watch Out: Infected PCs Spreading Malware Through Hacked Tweets

By Gary Cutlack on at

Those clever hackers have come up with a new way to exploit Twitter, with a browser-based exploit launched from malware infected PCs, helping spread links of shame in the form of tweets that appear to be sent from the user's account.

The malware works by injecting JavaScript into the user's Twitter account page through the browser of a hacked machine, which then intercepts the Twitter authentication token and can use the data to post a tweet. No password guessing is involved here, just a drive-by PC hack and a mysterious unwritten tweet popping up on people's timeline.

Security firm Trusteer says the attacks are currently focused on Dutch-language users at the moment, who are seeing random messages about banks appearing and offering links to god knows what. [Trusteer via TNW]