Over the past few days, a relatively unknown/unreported security breach occurred with thousands of Twitter accounts worldwide, including mine. I received a Tweet from a trusted person in my professional network (a cloud vendor/provider analyst relations manager who regularly Tweets me and my colleagues), which stated that someone was posting negative comments about me, and provided a bit.ly link to click.
In this business, it’s not at all unusual for people to occasionally Tweet and blog comments about what we write and post, and given the widespread scope of a research firm such as Saugatuck, it’s also not unusual to miss one or two such items in the vast mix of information streams. Knowing and trusting the person as a source, and seeing no obvious signs of a phish/hack/scam, I clicked on the link. Big mistake.
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