I’m not sure if this is connected to the Conficker worm or any worm for that matter. However it’s definitely an interesting coincidence or a really good April Fools joke played by Twitter.
A lot of people are waking up this morning to find that they suddenly have a bunch of new followers and/or they are following a lot of new people. There’s some confusion on the wire as they are trying to figure out what’s going on.
I sat here for four hours tonight and gained (added because I followed them as well) 57 new people in 4 hours. And I have a feeling that I’m still adding more.
Some people are saying it’s a glitch with twitter. Others are saying it’s something to do with tweepme (which is a site that gets you followers). I’m not sure, since some of the new additions don’t have anything about tweepme on their profiles. And still a few others have said that people’s accounts are hacked—so change your passwords.
Of course it could be something with Conficker or another worm, but that’s stretching things a lot. I doubt the creators would do something like this. Although you never know.
One thing is for sure, if your account is hacked then you need to make sure your computer is clean BEFORE you change your password. Otherwise, the hacker will have the new password and your troubles won’t end.
So, if you have twitter, check to see if you have new followers or are following someone new (like a lot of people). And while you’re at it, check to see if you’ve sent out any spam tweets, spam replies, or spam direct messages. And I would definitely suggest monitoring your tweets, replies, and messages closely for a few days or weeks.
As I hear/read/am tweeted more about this, I’ll update the post. This will be interesting, if for no other reason, then to find out what happened.
Have a great day everyone:)