UMW Information Security Advisory – Twitter SPAM and more

UMW has seen an increase in SPAM and suspicious messages circulating the campus community.  These include Twitter messages used to propagate SPAM.  Please do not click on links in suspicious messages and verify any message that is suspicious with senders.

There are a few specific information security incidents we want to make you aware of:

Twitter: “Someone has posted really bad things about you”

This message or variants of it, sent via Twitter, directs users to click on a link.  This will install a virus.  Users who are sending this message or have clicked on such a link should immediately take the following steps.

  • Change your Twitter password.
  • Check the list of approved applications in Twitter. (Log in to, click on the drop down menu in the top right, select Settings and then Apps.) Sometimes an unknown or SPAM app is added to this list. If in doubt, you can err on the side of removing something as the worst that will happen if you wrongly remove a legit entry is that you will be prompted to login again when you are using the app in future.
  • Make sure your computer’s anti-virus software is up-to-date. If it isn’t, update it and get it to scan your computer.


LinkedIn confirmed last week that they had been hacked.  They reported over 6.5 million users could of had their passwords compromised.  Since many of you use LinkedIn, we strongly suggest you change your password immediately.

More information is available at:

Last FM

Last FM has asked its users to change their account passwords after becoming the latest high-profile firm to own up to the possibility of a security breach.  Security companies have reported that the number of Last FM passwords stolen could be as high as 2.5 million.