It always feels like an invasion of privacy when your online account is violated. This is what happened to me a few weeks ago when my Twitter account was hacked. Unfortunately, I wasn’t in front of the computer when it happened so I just got messages from concerned friends telling me that they think my Twitter was hacked. Apparently, I was sending them messages that looked like this one:
I researched online and found out that this is the so-called Direct Message (DM) phishing scam. A lot of people have sent me the same hacking DMs before and I unknowingly clicked on one of the links which often says “I’ve heard some nasty rumor about you…” This is how I became a hacking victim myself.
What to do when you fall victim to the Twitter scam yourself?
Of course change your password immediately. Make your pwd a strong one.
Do not click on any link which asks for your Twitter password. It’s called a phishing scam because the “nasty rumors” message will redirect you to a website which looks like Twitter (but is actually isn’t). It will ask for your Twitter login details and that’s how your account is hacked
You can also report the DM to Twitter (via hyphenet.com)