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Monday, December 14, 2009

this has happened to me before and let me tell you

it's a GIANT pain in the arse. sometimes whatever network that gets taken over by the spammer or bot or virus gets you banned or kicked out for a period of time. it's more than just an annoyance. it can mean loss of contact with some in your circle. it can mean attempting to tell the powers that be YOU didn't send spam to a kazillion peeps. the interwebs are a GOOD thing but sometimes they suck

Viruses That Leave Victims Red in the Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO — It used to be that computer viruses attacked only your hard drive. Now they attack your dignity.

Malicious programs are rampaging through Web sites like Facebook and Twitter, spreading themselves by taking over people’s accounts and sending out messages to all of their friends and followers. The result is that people are inadvertently telling their co-workers and loved ones how to raise their I.Q.’s or make money instantly, or urging them to watch an awesome new video in which they star.

“I wonder what people are thinking of me right now?” said Matt Marquess, an employee at a public relations firm in San Francisco whose Twitter account was recently hijacked, showering his followers with messages that appeared to offer a $500 gift card to Victoria’s Secret............

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