Malicious Software or “Malware” is rampant on the web. Some experts have estimated 1 in 10 web pages contain malicious code that could infect a user’s PC. While Twitter can’t actually host malware, it does allow hyperlinks and is therefore not immune to those who would attempt to point others directly towards malware elsewhere on the web.
We’ve already removed the Twitter accounts being discussed today in news articles and blogs and we’ll continue along these lines. However, the news is a good reminder. Ne’er-do-wells prefer the web for spreading computer viruses and the like. If you happen across a web page—including a Twitter profile page—and you have reservations about what lies on the other end of a hyperlink, think before you click. Especially if the page seems a little sketchy to begin with.
Also: If you think you’ve found someone linking to malware on Twitter, please let us know.