Be careful if you receive this message on Twitter: it is a cyberattack

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    Beware-if You get this message on Twitter: It's a cyberattack

    Cybercriminals don't go on vacation. Attempted computer attacksto steal passwords and impersonate the identity of the victims skyrocket during the summer season. One of the methods uncovered in recent days seeks to deceive its targets through direct messages on Twitter posing as an official Twitter support team account. the digital platform.

    The account @helpmediacentre, already removed from the social network, has sent his potential victims messages notifying them of an alleged violation of image rights and threatening them with deleting their account if they do not respond to an external form. Dressed in an official tone as if it were a Twitter statement, that alert is really a hook for the target to give. Click a malicious link that redirects to a page asking for your account and email passwords. so The journalist Anna Punsí, a victim of this attack, has explained it.

    This method is known as ‘Phishing’ and it is the one most commonly used to infect the victim's mobile or computer. Opening that link means opening a back door to your system so that the cyber criminal can infiltrate to steal your passwords and manage to impersonate your identity. 44% of Spaniards have been victims of this type of attack, according to a Microsoft report.

    As reported by the reporter and journalist Albert Cuesta, also a victim of the attack, given the refusal to hand over the credentials, he has received more messages posing as Twitter employees. If they had put the passwords in that external form, the attackers would have had the key to access the Twitter profile and the email to be able to impersonate the victim's identity. This can be used to launch new attacks on third parties or as a ransomware hijacking method known as ransomware.

    Attacking from already stolen accounts

    < p>The @helpmediacentre account has been deactivated following user complaints. However, screenshots prior to its closure show that it had been active since August 2009 and had almost 30,000 followers. to what must be? From Twitter they explain to us that it was the account of an individual that the cybercriminals stole a short time ago and made up to pass themselves off as an official account of the platform, a recurring practice. After detecting it, Twitter has returned the account to its owner. That is why @helpmediacentre does not appear as suspended, but rather as not existing.

    To avoid falling victim to this and other types of attacks, Twitter recommends enabling two-factor authentication, which reinforce the security of your account. As you already explained In its official account, the social network remembers that it never asks users for their passwords and warns not to share sensitive information in unofficial forms.

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