April 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM ET
Thousands of Twitter users are falling for the fast-infecting "Unfollowed Me" virus and spreading it to their followers, reports Sophos blog Naked Security.
Like the nefarious Facebook spam scam that promises to show users who has been stalking their Facebook profile, the rogue "Unfollowed Me" application claims it will reveal who has stopped following you on Twitter. Both appeal to the vanity of social media users in a largely successful attempt to lead us to survey sites.
Tweets issued in the name of those you follow on Twitter arrive with a message, a link and hashtags that may be trending on the microblogging site. They look something like this:
58 people have unfollowed me, find out how many have unfollowed you: [LINK] #rw2011 #duringsexplease #youneedanasswhoopin
Clicking the link leads you to "a webpage which looks as if it's about to reveal that information — but is actually designed to make you take an online survey instead." The scammers make money on every survey taken. And if you have given the rogue app permission to access your account, it'll start sending out similar tweets under your account's name.
If you've already fallen for "Unfollwed Me" or one of the countless similar scams, it's easy to correct.
Here's what you do:
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