Over the past hour or so there has been a massive wave of spam related to a
'free Groupon of pure garcinia cambogia' rising on Twitter. The tweets are
coming hot and heavy every few seconds and have targeted celebrity accounts
like Jane Fonda, sports teams like the San Francisco Giants and even some
TechCrunch writers. Updated below. Many other users appear to be affected by
the tweets, and they all appear to have originated with the HootSuite client.
One possible explanation for this is that a repository of HootSuite users have
had their accounts compromised by a malicious entity gaining access to a
company server. We reached out to HootSuite for comment and CEO Ryan Holmes
said that they are "currently reviewing the spam incident" and will get back
to us with a statement. HootSuite had some spamming issues late last month. At
the time, it said that it had seen "an increase in attempts by spammers to
gain unauthorized access to social media accounts by exploiting password
weaknesses," but stated that it had not been hacked. Instead, it said that it
was "seeing attempts (some successful) to login to HootSuite using user IDs
and passwords ...