Lady Gaga video attack spreads across Twitter

28 Apr 2011

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Twitter users have been warned to avoid tweets about a banned Lady Gaga video that is spreading across the Twitter network. The tweets link to a fake YouTube webpage containing rogue applications.

Users who are tricked into hitting the play button on the fake YouTube page will inadvertently grant permission to a third-party app that will give hackers access to their Twitter accounts.

“Don’t, whatever you do, give it permission to continue,” warns Sophos Security’s Graham Cluley.

Do not click on link – you will go Gaga

“Because if you do, your account can now be accessed by third parties – who will be able to post messages in your name to all of your followers. Hopefully, the fact that the messages we have seen so far have all been in Spanish may reduce the impact of this particular attack.”

Interestingly, it seems Lady Gaga herself has been having trouble with these Twitter hackers.

The eccentric songstress, who has more followers on Twitter than anyone else in the world, posted a message yesterday saying: “Whoever is hacking my Twitter must answer to 10 million monsters and Twitter police. #Don’tMakeMeCallTheApostles”

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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