From clickjacking (see below) to worms to trending topics scams to out-and-out hacks, Twitter has become one of a handful of popular social tools used to spread viruses and other malware around the web.
Concern about Twitter’s security was so extensive in 2010 that the FTC conducted an investigation of the service and its anti-malware measures.
Facebook typically sees far more security issues than Twitter does — but Twitter, at roughly 200 million accounts, has a fraction of Facebook’s 500 million-strong crowd. As Twitter grows, so will the opportunities for black-hat hackers to exploit the service.
Here’s a brief, graphic history of Twitter’s experience with malignant code and bad intentions. Let us know in the comments if you were ever taken in by any of these scams.
This infographic comes to us from SecureList, the blog of web security firm Kaspersky Lab.