December 19, 2011

Lady Gaga's Twitter account tweeting links to survey scam


The Twitter account of famous singer Lady Gaga has apparently been hacked. It's being used by attackers to lure her more than 17 million followers to click on a link:

After a number of redirects, the link ultimately leads to a survey scam that is designed to harvest personal information:

The first link uses the URL shortener bit.ly, which has suspended the link as "being potentially problematic." Although this should keep most users away from the scam for now, the attackers are likely to post new tweets that include phishing or malicious URLs as long as they have control of the account. The Twitter community has responded by sharing the fact that Lady Gaga's account shouldn't be trusted. This led to #stophackinggaga as a trending Twitter topic at the time this post was written. As always, be careful of links you click on Twitter, even when they appear to come from trusted accounts.

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