The Twitter worm/twishing attack of the other day has caught some interesting casualties in its net, most notably Marco Rubio a former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and a viable candidate for one of Florida’s Senate seats in 2010 and Zach Wamp, a candidate for Governor of Tennessee and a 14 year U.S. congressional representative.
A new twitter worm is being reported making the rounds this morning, which is actually an expertly crafted variant of the worm we reported back on September 24th. The variant has changed the direct message from “ROFL, this you on here?” to “hi. this you on here?”. The bad actor in China has also used a new URL, but with the same Twitter login landing page identifiable by its stray HTML brace “>” following the line under ‘Sign in to Twitter’. This important difference in wording should allow for a spate of new captured twitter credentials.
A phish phry is a social gathering, and early Wednesday the FBI, US Attorney’s Office, the LA Electronic Crimes Task Force, and Egyptian authorities started working towards arranging the largest gathering of suspects indicted in connection with a single phishing scam to date. Dubbed “Operation Phish Phry”, this two year inter-agency inter-country investigation is rounding up 100 suspects including 53 from North Carolina, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles as well as 47 in Egypt accused of stealing more than a million dollars from two U.S. banks.