The vuvuzela: it’s annoying at soccer games, but it’s also becoming a nuisance online. First, Webroot reported that a company was selling a bogus anti-Vuvuzela MP3 file that would reportedly cancel out the noise (it’s a waste of money, and possibly malware to boot). Today, we found something new. There’s a suspicious retweet claiming that “OMG! Vuvuzela Banned!” The tweet is spreading through bots and seemingly real twitter users alike. We’re not sure if “OMG! Vuvuzela Banned” is a worm, virus, or bot, but the shortened urls that accompany the posts lead to a suspicious looking .php url at an unknown Russian domain. Even among seemingly legitimate users there seems to be some odd and consistent pairings of tweets, either offering free iPhones or links to “hot” or “sexy” content accompanied by an emoticon:
We didn’t blur out any of the shortened urls in the above images, but needless to say, we don’t recommend visiting them. It’s reminding me a bit of the cari-weightloss Twitter spam we reported on a while back. If you see the “OMG! Vuvuzela Banned!” come up in your Twitter feed, just stay away. Really, what you end up with may be worse than a buzzing plastic horn. And so far there’s no news reporting that it’s been banned in the World Cup.
As always, surf smart, use a URL lengthener before clicking on a shortened url, and use Internet security software and keep it up to date. If you do click on the wrong link, it just might save your computer. You can check out our Internet security software reviews to find the Internet security software that’s best for you.