Fake Pope Twitter account proves malicious potential of breaking news
Posted on 14 March 2013.
Mere minutes after it become publicly known that Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected to serve as the new Pope, Internet users around the world began searching for him on social networks.


A Twitter account (@JMBergoglio) using his name and photo was promptly discovered, and as many users considered it to be legitimate, it attracted over 100,000 followers in just a day. They were able to read that he was very happy at being elected as Pope, and that kids are going to love him more than Santa Claus.

But, as it turns out, the account is fake and has been promptly suspended by Twitter, presumably after the Vatican PR machine got involved and requested it.

Luckily for the followers, the individual behind the account wasn't set on promoting malicious links, but this example shows just how easy it is for scammers to find a way of reaching hundreds of thousands of users by simply taking advantage of the massive interest some global events garner.

Even the Verified Account option is sometimes not enough to guarantee that the account you follow belongs to the person you are interested in.

All in all, users are advised to never follow links included in tweets, Facebook posts, or emails unless they are absolutely, 100 percent sure they will not take them to malicious sites.









Spotlight

Chrome extension thwarts user profiling based on typing behavior

Infosec consultant Paul Moore came up with a working solution to thwart a type of behavioral profiling. The result is a Chrome extension called Keyboard Privacy, which prevents profiling of users by the way they type by randomizing the rate at which characters reach the DOM.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  
DON'T
MISS

Wed, Jul 29th
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2015 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //