Swooping in and assuming the online identities of your favourite Doctor Who stars, spammers have struck again reducing Sixth Doctor Colin Baker’s Twitter account @SawbonesHex into a stultifying ad for diet pills.
The hack comes just a fortnight after Karen Gillan’s twitter account was seized in an almost identical attack and forced to bleat about the dietary wonder that isn’t Acai Berries.
The former Doctor managed to regain control of his account hours after the rogue tweets appeared in the early hours of Sunday.
Apologising to his 32,000 followers Baker tweeted:
“ACAI BERRY’S DIETARY SUPERFOOD! READ ABOUT WHAT THE DOCTORS DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW! CHANGE YOURE LIFE TODAY! LOSE WEIGHT! NO EXERCISE!”
Ah, it appears the quotes accredited to Colin Baker have been hacked.
Give us a moment; I’ll get the Spam-Hammer.
Talk amongst yourselves.
“ACAI BERRYS! NATURES SECRET! ORDER NOW AND SAVE $$$$”
Ruddy spam! Feel the crushing might of the Spam-Hammer!
I’ve finally worked out how to reset my password so you shouldn’t be inundated with weight loss garbage on Twitter.
— Colin Baker (@SawbonesHex) January 27, 2013
“I’ve finally worked out how to reset my password so you shouldn’t be inundated with weight loss garbage on Twitter,”
There we go!
Now, where were we?
Speaking to The Register, Christopher Boyd, a senior threat researcher at GFI Software, who was among the first to spot Baker’s compromised feed has offered a number of sensible precautions (none of which are the Spam-Hammer) to guard against similar attacks:
“It’s not that long ago since Karen Gillen had her Twitter feed compromised, and in fact the scam appears to be almost identical.
Be wary of app installs, and do be careful whenever you’re asked for login details (at least one Doctor Who fan has mentioned being sent to the same sort of ads via rogue DMs). If you’re unsure, physically type the Twitter.com URL into your browser to be on the safe side.”
For an extra layer of security why not follow the BBC’s own official Doctor Who Twitter page which regularly updates its followers on fake accounts attributed to Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman.