Some Twitter users have had their accounts compromised, and for a very annoying and spam-filled purpose. Hackers have managed to wrangle Twitter accounts from their rightful owners, and are now using the compromised profiles to post tweets containing bogus ads with shady links.
The tweets advertise fake work-at-home jobs that are purportedly being offered by CNBC. The link included in the tweets points to a fake CNBC website that talks about the bogus job offer in detail.
The site itself looks realistic enough, but the content is just pure hogwash. Security experts from Naked Security are unsure as to how the Twitter accounts were compromised in the first place, but reported that it might be linked to the great LinkedIn hack that occurred earlier this month.
The tweets read something like this:
Hey, Why work for somebody else? [LINK]
best decision I ever made was checking this out. just click on this link [LINK]
Hey pal, a woman tells CNBC about making money from home! [LINK]
The link, as mentioned earlier, points to a site designed to look like it was by CNBC. The site has one main article, which has a headline that dynamically updates and changes based on the visitor's location, which can be gleaned from his or her IP address.
The article on the bogus site points toward the money-making ventures that were able to earn moms and housewives thousands of dollars from their own home, but clicking on these links will redirect to domains that promote a multi-level marketing (MLM) scheme.
Be wise about it and avoid "job offers" like these, because most of them will just turn out to be scams. Be wary of ads that claim to let your earn more money than regular jobs do, especially the work-at-home types, because most of them are fake.