Spammers Harvesting Sorrow From Twitter

There should be an image here!Clearly Twitter is the new in-spot for harvesting a fresh crop of email addresses. And based on some of my own testing, using Twitter to locate a fresh crop of addresses is but a query away.

ZDNet has a great article outlining just how big of a problem this is becoming. The proof of concept script shown in that article should really prove to be an eye opener if nothing else. But what can Twitter users expect from the social media service? Are they protected?

As it turns out, users are on their own as their TOS clearly indicates to all who bothered to read it before broadcasting their email addy. The way to avoid this problem is an easy one. you (at) host (dot) com. That is all you have to do to better protect your email when sharing it over twitter. It’s as simple as that.

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  • Scott – Beyond Coding

    It’s no different to putting your email address anywhere on the web really. The my (at) address (dot) com type stuff will work for the majority of spam harvesters, but not for all..

    No reason why Twitter couldn’t automatically obfuscate any email address it detects. A nice mix of plain text with javascript rewriting will get you to 99% protection :)

  • Carl

    Old news, new media.

    If you leave things in public places, they get picked up by whoever wants them. Twitter is a public place.

  • Chris Pirillo