Twitchy exclusive: 'Fat loss' hacker hijacks scores of Twitter accounts

Florida Congressman Bill Posey was a victim earlier this week, but he isn’t the only one. Dubious fat-loss tweets are being published on Twitter every minute of every day. It appears that thousands of innocent Twitter users’ accounts have been compromised.

And that’s probably not the worst of it. The tweets appear to contain links to “” or “”  Twitchy believes these links take the user to a site that contains some kind of malware. Anyone who clicks on the links may be at risk of downloading a virus onto his or her computer.

Here’s just a tiny sample of the dubious fat-loss tweets:

This appears to be a major security breach. What can Twitter users do to protect themselves? Is Twitter doing anything about it?

Twitter’s safety page hasn’t been updated in more than two weeks, but these anti-phishing tips probably are relevant and helpful:

  • Mr. Grammar/SpellCkr

    Simple solution: Don’t fall for lame-o sh*t like that!!

  • biederbeckk

    Mine was hacked, too. I’m assuming nobody was dumb enough to click on it, but it’s annoying. I changed my password and that seemed to stop it but I don’t know if that was what did it.

  • Honey Badger Clicker

    The best advice is to ensure your OS, Browser and java versions are up to date. And watch who you allow to link to your twitter account. See which apps you have enabled here:

  • midnightgolfer

    I’m no expert, but this really did appear to be widespread enough, and generic enough, to be pretty major. Nothing you, as the end user, can do to prevent it, other than periodically changing passwords. As such, I think Twitter needs some serious improvements. Their relative inaction on their gulag is also reason to be concerned. You get what you pay for, I guess, and still better than no twitter at all.

  • radjahshelduck

    I know how the person who hacked all these accounts can lose ten pounds of ugly fat in ten seconds! Cut off his head.