Incident Response, TDR

Compromised Snapchat accounts sending out spam

For the first time in months of Snapchat spam tracking, Symantec has observed a campaign involving the compromise of legitimate accounts to push out images of fruits and fruit drinks – which link to websites named “Frootsnap” and “Snapfroot.”

Those who click on the fruit-themed links are redirected to a site that looks like Groupon and offers a free 30-day supply of diet pills, according to a Wednesday post by Symantec researcher Satnam Narang, which adds that attempting to redeem the pill offer will redirect users to a website said to overcharge users.

Symantec is unclear how legitimate accounts are being compromised.

“Yesterday a small number of our users experienced a spam incident where unwanted photos were sent from their accounts,” Snapchat told Symantec. “Our security team deployed additional measures to secure accounts. We recommend using unique and strong passwords to prevent abuse.”

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