Cybercriminals leveraging social media is now basically a given, especially with users’ current dedication to social media (specifically on social networks). Actually, we’ve reported quite a few instances that prove how cybercriminals used Twitter for their operation, most especially in spamming.
Twitter is, of course, fully aware of this. Twitter users have probably even noticed some of the Web page limitations designed to hamper spammers’ efforts. One of the recent developments being the implementation of Twitter’s Link Service.
But the cybercriminals are definitely not willing to go down without a fight.
A tool kit that can be used to send Twitter spam is currently being promoted in underground forums. The kit, aptly named “Twitter Kit,” has interesting functions, which include sending messages to thousands of followers using socks5 proxy. The said functionality is especially useful in search engine optimization (SEO) projects. The tool also enables the user to search through other users’ followers and to send Follow invites to them as well as to break account limits set by Twitter.
In terms of nature of use, my best guess is that the Twitter Kit is used for distributing pornography-related links, as the tool is actually offered as a bonus for a purchase of 10,000 adult content followers. But then the kit is priced at only US$20, which means that it could be used by many other cybercriminals for several malicious purposes.
With that, Twitter users are advised to steer clear of suspicious followers and spammy links.