At exactly stroke of midnight on Sunday some unknown hackers managed to hack into Twitter accounts of hundreds of Twitter users and post phishing links with a shortened post.it url to their followers. Among the VIP’s hit with this hack is Australia’s minister for foreign affairs, Julie Bishop. Though Bishops website was hijacked on Monday morning, the Twitter hackings had been continuing through Sunday.
The unknown hacker who managed to hack into the Twitter accounts then went on to send the phishing links to the followers of the person. The messages which were posted by the hackers on the hijacked feed were as follows
1. omfg this blog by you is crazy po.st/wEL01x 2. lolz this post by you is crazy po.st/Znj6ZP 3. LOL you got to see this, its awesome po.st/Ksdbe5
Other messages read as “I’m laughing so much right now at this,” “LOL u got 2 read this, its awesome,” “I am lol’n so hard right now at this,” “lmao you gotta read this, its epic” and “haha this blog by you is crazy.”
Once the Twitter addressee clicked the shorted post.it link, he/she was led to a phishing site that looked just like Twitter but had a IP address of 188.8.131.52 and asked the user to input his/her Twitter credentials.
Julie Bishop has confirmed that her account has been hijacked. At the time of writing, it appears that most of the links pointing to the phishing site no longer work. The exact intention of this hijacker is not yet known but over Sunday and Monday, the hacker may have been successful in luring many Tweeps to giving their credentials to him/her.