cnet.com - 6 days ago
A massive botnet was tweeting you porn for months
ZeroFOX It was the social media equivalent of the Sirens who lured sailors to their doom in Greek mythology.
One after the other, accounts were popping up randomly on Twitter with posts like "Want vulgar, young man" and "Boys like you, my figure?" Every tweet had links to a seemingly innocent URL with a Google shortlink (starting with goo.gl), which would lead to a fake dating website, or a webcamming site or pornography. This was the Siren spam botnet and it was almost 90,000 accounts strong. Since February, security researchers at ZeroFOX had been tracking hundreds of thousands of bot accounts on Twitter, which were spamming the social network with links advertising adult content. They named the bot network after the Greek myth. Every account featured a scantily clad woman as the avatar and descriptions and tweets that read like a bad Tinder profile. It'd be a combination of two phrases, an introduction like "I posted another naked photo" followed by a prompt like "go to the link."
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