Spammers' New Favorite Tool? Twitter Search (for E-Mails)
As Twitter's renown continues to globally expand, the micro-blogging site has provided endless discussion fodder for media talking heads. Most of the commentary has revolved around celebrities' high-profile tweeting, and whether or not the site is the ultimate platform for the narcissist in all of us. One aspect of the site that is beyond debate, however, is its appeal to spammers.
According to Dancho Danchev of ZDNet, Twitter offers spammers a multitude of methods for disseminating their junk, all the while collecting e-mail addresses of unsuspecting twitterers.
One new and troubling technique allows spammers to amass member e-mail addresses almost instantaneously -- and it couldn't be easier. All a spammer has to do is perform a simple Twitter search for a phrase like "email me at." We tried it, and our search query returned a huge list of active addresses.
While millions of new users continue to flock to Twitter, the site must take precautions to ensure its members are adequately protected. If they don't -- and allow easy e-mail harvesting to continue -- their dwindling retention rate will continue to suffer. [From: ZDNet Via: Web Pro News]