NEWS FROM THE LAB - Friday, August 14, 2009

Twitter Turned Botherder Posted by Alia @ 03:32 GMT

As if being deluged under DDoS attacks isn't bad enough, this week Twitter found itself the target of another sort of threat. The Register recently reported that the wildly popular social networking service is also being used to direct part of a botnet's activities.

According to the report, a security analyst accidentally stumbled across a Twitter account being used by botherders as a cheap and effective way of directing infected computers to websites where they can get further instructions.

This appears to be the first time Twitter has been used as part of a botnet's command and control structure. At time of writing, the malicious account has already been taken offline.

For more details, you can also check the original post from Arbor Sert.