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Thursday, 25 June 2009 11:39

Tech VC became spammer

Written by Nick Farell
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Twitter can be dangerous

Tech
venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki sent more than 139,000 of his twitter followers a link to porn and malware this week.

An update advertised a sexy video of "Gossip Girl" star Leighton Meester and had a link leading to a site where, if the visitor clicked to view the video a Trojan called OSX/Jahlav-C for the Mac OS would be installed instead. Of course Mac's don't get malware so therefore everyone was safe and anyone who did download it was probably a windows user.

Kawasaki told The Wall Street Journal his account is set up to redistribute updates from NowPublic, a user-generated news site. The auto-published tweet was from a NowPublic feed that was not
moderated by the site. True, Kawasaki's account wasn't the only one redistributing the malicious link but certainly he was probably the most high profile techie.
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