Vine, Twitter’s video sharing app has quickly become one of this summer’s hottest communities. And until Instagram launched video, it offered a unique service for those looking to take and share videos with their social networks. In it’s first 6 months, Vine has gained 13 million users. Spammers have begun to target Vine. With such a large user base, there is some significant earning potential for cyber criminals. It’s no surprise then that cyber criminals have figured out a way to target the app and it’s massive user base.
There is a pattern to the usernames that seem responsible for the majority of the spam. Typically these consist of a woman’s full name, listed as a single word, followed by an additional word at the end. A quick search on Vine brings up a list of dozens of spam accounts, which only differ slightly by last name or bio. Have a search for MelanieHale and you’ll see what we mean. These spammers are spreading their wares by posting comments, and directing others to visit sites, such as vinejump.com, or vine250.com. BullGuard strongly advises against visiting these sites, we also recommend against adding your email address. All you’ll be doing is putting a few pennies in a spammer’s pocket and adding your list to a marketing email list. While it’s not clear at the moment as to exactly how these dummy spammer accounts are being operated, it is possible to report them within Vine and we urge you to do so. Keep an eye out, let us know what you come across and subscribe to the BullGuard Blog, to stay updated on the latest internet security threats and trends.