Lady Gaga Twitter Scam Targets 'Little Monsters'
Lady Gaga's antics are so wild, so eccentric, that if there were a video so bizarre and controversial that it'd been banned, you'd definitely want to see it, right?
Cybercriminals are banking on it: Tweets promising a banned Lady Gaga video are spreading through Twitter, the security firm Sophos reports. The messages include the singer's @ladyaga hashtag and a link to a YouTube video.
If you can't help but give in to your curiosity , you're in trouble. There is no video, and clicking the YouTube play button will take you instead to a rogue third-party Twitter application that asks permission to access your account.
"Don't, whatever you do, give it permission to continue," Sophos' Graham Cluley wrote. "Because if you do, your account can now be accessed by third parties who will be able to post messages in your name to all of your followers."
Adding an extra twist to the singer's story, only yesterday (April 27) Lady Gaga's Twitter account -- she has more than 9.6 million followers -- was compromised with the link to the same fake YouTube page hosting the supposedly banned video.
Gaga quickly issued a retort, calling upon her fans, who call themselves "Little Monsters," to join her side.
"Whoever is hacking my Twitter must answer to 10 million monsters and Twitter police," she wrote. But as Twitter's most followed account, it's possible the scam hit a lot of its target "monsters."
Having her Twitter account taken over puts Lady Gaga in the illustrious ranks of celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian , all of whom have suffered the same public embarrassment.
If you've fallen victim to this scam, you can revoke the rights of the malicious third-party app under Twitter's Setting/Connections tab.
Security experts advise Twitter and Facebook users to be extremely wary of clicking links, even if they appear to come from friends.