First Direct phishing attack highlights social-network risks

LONDON – HSBC First Direct's Twitter account was recently used by hackers to send pornographic messages to its 800-plus followers. The attack formed part of a viral malware infection that has affected other high-profile Twitter users, including the UK Press Complaints Commission, the BBC and a UK Cabinet minister.

The attack occurred at 5.00 am but the bank regained control of its account during business hours the same day by explaining it had been compromised by following a link in a direct

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