Twitter, having recorded a massive 422% growth in traffic in the
span of 12 months, is the current darling of Web 2.0 enthusiasts. The
downside: its popularity is now also being taken advantage of for
malicious purposes. No surprises there.
Fake profiles are
proliferating in the micro-blogging site, initially annoying legitimate
users with follower notifications. Such notifications could lead users
to check out the spammy profiles out of curiosity.
besides being a micro-blogging tool, is also a social networking site.
But unlike more popular sites, Twitter relationships are designed to
allow one-sided affairs: a user may add someone to be able to view that
person’s mini-blog, but that person doesn’t really have to return the
favor of ‘following’. However, many users may have taken to doing so
without really thinking it over, thus opening the door to more
annoyances and, ultimately, to more serious Web threats.
fans have already taken it to themselves to help out through Twitter
Blacklist and Twitter Twerp Scan. Twitter itself also has already hired
additional staff dedicated to controlling the problem.