Twitter Suspends Security Researcher over Phishing Warning

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The suspension of F-Secure researcher Mikko Hypponen's Twitter account for publishing a scrambled phishing site URL reveals a lack of community standard for the disclosure and warning of online threats.

Well-known security researcher Mikko Hypponen is back on Twitter after his account was suspended last week for a couple of days for including a link to a malicious Web site in a tweet.

Here’s the rub: The offensive tweet was published in August and Hypponen was given no notice that his account was suspended.

Hypponen, a researcher for Finland-based antivirus vendor F-Secure, wrote in his blog that Twitter provided the following explanation for the sudden double-secret suspension: "I’ve unsuspended your acct.; you were suspended for using the malware URL rnyspeceDOTcom in DMs; Be careful!; We scan evrythng for malware."

The terrible Tweet was this simple message: "I guess somebody will fall for it…a desperate Myspace phishing site at www. rnyspece. com. (don’t go there)."



Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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