8 August 2013

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has confirmed its Twitter account @AusElectoralCom was compromised early on Tuesday 6 August, with scam messages sent from the account directly to some followers.

It has advised those who received suspicious messages from @AusElectoralCom to disregard the messages. Do not click on links in these messages.

Much like phishing messages commonly sent via email, these fake Twitter messages included links to a fake Twitter verification page, designed to steal your logon credentials.

Typically, stolen Twitter account details might be used to send more fake messages or distribute links to pages hosting malware.

Examples of fake messages sent from @AusElectoralCom include, “I found a funny pic of you!".

The AEC has stated the issue was fixed at 9am Tuesday 6 August.

As with any message you might receive—an SMS, an email or a tweet, if it’s unsolicited or makes you suspicious, simply delete it or, in the case of a tweet, ignore it. Don’t click on any links.

Staying safe on Twitter

You should use a strong password.

Twitter users can also now enable ‘logon verification’, Twitter’s version of two factor authentication.

Twitter’s website offers useful information on safe Twitter practices.

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