A new twitter malware has been identified by Trusteer which spreads malware using the online social networking service.
Identified as an active financial malware whose only goal is to target Twitter users. Researchers explaining the working of the malware said ,
The malware launches a Man-in-the-Browser (MitB) attack through the browser of infected PCs, gaining access to the victim’s Twitter account to create malicious tweets.
The malware uses the victims twitter account to spread the malware by attacking other twitter accounts.The twitter being used across the world makes it easy for the malware to attack any market and is currently targeting Dutch market.
It is difficult to defend the attack from malware because the malware uses the victim’s account and starts sending the malicious tweets with shorter links . A twitter user follows and click on the tweets of other users thus making it easy for the malware to gain access to other followers account.
How to stop the malware from spreading?
As per Trusteer,
By blocking the exploitation of vulnerable endpoint user applications, like browsers, and preventing the malware download, exploit prevention technology stops the attack and prevents the malware from spreading and infecting more users.