Guy Kawasaki is a venture capitalist of a Silicon Valley, who was partially responsible for marketing the Macintosh in 1984. He has almost 140,000 Twitter followers who were surprised that Kawasaki suddenly started making good money from porn, when a link belonging to host a pornographic video of “Gossip Girl” star Leighton Meester appeared on June 23.
Sophos, anti-virus organization, posted a YouTube video which showed that all followers who downloaded the link discovered a virus that damaged both PCs and Macs. After that the malicious link has been disabled and no longer moves visitors to download viruses. Kawasaki claimed he is not responsible for spreading the parasite. He told his followers that a page or its feed that he linked to was hacked but not his account. Kawasaki also claims to have no idea who Leighton Meester is.
Twitter is not a stranger to malware. Earlier a worm that damaged Windows-based machines was spread by Twitter spam. The Twitter worm attacks also hit on April and May.
Difficulties with Twitter comes in the form of shortened URLs – many users have no idea what they’re clicking on, and because of those uncertain URLs may be too late when infected links appear.