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New Fake TweetDeck Update – Beware of Spreading Malware

Submitted by on September 2, 2010 – 11:13 AM

Many TweetDeck users have awaken to an unfortunate surprise this morning when trying to launch the application.   What is the unfortunate surprise you

ask? “It did not work!”  Twitter has recently implemented major changes to how other applications access your Twitter account and hackers have taken the opportunity by implementing a malware since they know millions of Twitter users will be looking for the new updates.  The fake Tweetdeck update that is actually a Trojan virus.  A Trojan virus is malware that appears to perform a desirable function for the user but instead facilitates unauthorized access of the user’s computer system. “It is a harmful piece of software that looks legitimate” as stated on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_horse_(computing).

A tweet about the fake update link is associated to a file named “tweetdeck-08302010-update.exe” and is often connected to the URL http://alturl.com.  The TweetDeck blog warns that many of the suspect tweets include the following:

TweetDeck will work until tomorrow, udate now!

1.Download TweetDeck udate ASAP!

2.Update TweetDeck!

3.Hurry up for tweetdeck update!

4.Sorry for offtopic, but it is a critical TweetDeck update. It won’t work tomorrow!

The only place users should go to download this update is:

http://www.tweetdeck.com/desktop/

Good Luck Y’all…

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