Twitter integrates the Hieupc anti-phishing tool
Twitter has started using the Anti-Phishing Project APIs, founded by expert Ngo Minh Hieu, to prevent malicious communications on the platform.
Former hacker Ngo Minh Hieu, nicknamed Hiup, has expanded the alliance to both sides since mid-August. If a user visits a link and that link is blacklisted, Twitter will prevent users from posting and viewing alerts. This applies to tweets and the direct message section of the social network.
“By integrating anti-phishing API, Twitter can identify more malicious domains in Vietnam and prevent potential fraud situations involving Vietnamese users on social networks,” he said. hey
According to statistics available on the project’s website, the system currently has more than 8,800 malicious domains collected by a team of information security experts as well as community reports and confirmed by the project a year ago.
Of these, more than 6,000 domains or 70% were created for money laundering purposes, while 1,700 domains (20%) were created to steal personal information. Hackers also use other domains to proliferate malicious code or content, gambling tools, identity theft, etc.
Before integrating with Twitter, the anti-phishing API was built into two major browsers, Edge and Opera. When users access bad links, the browser automatically blocks and warns users without installing additional tools. In Chrome, this service can be installed as an extension.
Twitter is not a popular social network in Vietnam, but the number of users is growing. According to a data portal earlier this year, there are about 2.85 million Twitter users in Vietnam. Recently, many Vietnamese use this social network to get information about cryptocurrency projects. Also, the lack of strict censorship laws has made Twitter a safe haven for cybercriminals to spread harmful and obscene content.
In explaining how it works, Twitter says it uses four sources of information to find fake links. At the top of the list are third-party providers specializing in anti-spam and anti-malware, such as Vietnam Anti-Fraud. In addition, this social network detects malicious links based on internal tools, user reports or information shared by partners.