Hacker Inserts Own Message into 'Sh*t My Dad Says'
The phenomenally popular Twitter page, Shit My Dad Says has been hacked.
Noticed by researchers at the security firm Sophos, the "ShitMyDadSays" Twitter page was hijacked yesterday (Nov. 9) with a message reading, wow I just got a free dell laptop LOL."
The 1.8 million followers of the page -- which has led to a book and a CBS sitcom -- received the spam message.
The Twitter page holder, Justin Halpern, sent out a cautionary message to his followers: Sorry, shit my dad says got hacked. My dad isn't trying to sell you a crappy lap top, I promise. Don't open any links.
The corrupted link, which has since been removed, took users to a page advertising a scheme to get rich by working from home. Sophos pointed out that the work-from-home page tailored its headline to be geographic-specific to the viewer. The spammers do this by using a Geo IP tool that identifies a person's geographic location based on their Internet Protocol (IP) address.
Sophos stresses the importance of choosing a complex, difficult-to-guess password for Twitter accounts and not using the same password for multiple sites.