Re: [Full-disclosure] Using Twitter for Phishing Campaign / Spam / Followers?

Yeah, just noticed that. Soon as I get some spare time, I'll prob have a
shot at making one. It'd be interesting to know what the success rate /
latency / concurrency / hours of availability are when using decaptcher (due
to it being human based), I can't imagine it'd be very good :S

On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 12:32 PM, huj huj huj <datskihuj@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

decapther doesn't use ocr though
they use the indian workforce

not sure about deathbycaptcha but i think its the same principle

2011/3/18 Cal Leeming <cal@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Lol, I didn't know about the commercial product 'decaptcher'.

For shits and giggles, I was going to write a decaptcha myself and release
as open source, never had time though :S

One option would be to apply rate limitations to API calls per IP.

Or, possibly some reallllllllly heavily obfuscated JS which does key
calculation with a matching server side algo, and injects the value into the
form upon submission. This is one of the methods we use on our paid adult
sites. Unless the person is really determined (and has the patience to
deobfuscate, then port to their own code), or their bots have spidermonkey
built in, then it usually fends off most botters.

To make it harder, we also have a library of about 500 of these (each with
a different key build algo), which are cycled automatically lol.


$(function() { var

Again, not perfect, but it's worked well for us :)

On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 3:58 PM, huj huj huj <datskihuj@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

with services like decaptcher and deathbycaptcha this would not be a
hindrance anyway

2011/3/15 Cal Leeming <cal@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Agreed. These public API methods should have brute force protection at
the very least. But, because they want instant in-line form validation for
email address availability, this makes it difficult. In an ideal world,
they'd have a CAPTCHA on the form, and only validate upon submit with valid

On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 3:02 PM, Reverse Skills <
contact@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

The problem is to allow unlimited access to that resource, not the
resource itself.

2011/3/15 Cal Leeming <cal@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
This conceptual flaw exists in most web apps which have a "reset
password by
email address" feature, as most will display an error if the email
does not exist in their database.

On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 12:19 PM, Reverse Skills <

Simple and easy way to get a list of email accounts used on Twitter.
For Phishing campaigns, custom Spam...

Twitter has been notified and I suppose someday be fixed if they
there should be filtered.

When you create a new Twitter account, the form requesting a mailing
address. Twitter verify that the email account is not being used,
does not check any user token or limit the usage (captcha/block). ->

We just need to automate it with a simple script , ***Everything you
do will be your responsibility***
import sys, json, urllib2, os

f =
data = json.load(f)
def valid()
Email has already been taken" in data ["msg"] <-- reply

We just need a list of users to test.. for example : (don't be evil is just an
Parsing the name/nickname and testing the {user} a few
minutes later we have a list of ~ 400 valid internal email
* An attacker could probably.. a brute force attack
(Google Apps), would send Phishing or try to exploit some browser
or similar. #Aurora #Google. Most of these e-mail are internal, not
There are also some that make you think they are used to such
A-Directory system users :

But, if you download a database Rockyou / / Gawker / or just a typical dictionaries and domains will be quite
easy to get hold of a list of users large enough (*,
*, etc).For example in my case I used to find user
in a pentest of a company that used Twitter. But probably not a good
idea to allow unlimited access, a malicious user could use these
lists for Spam or Phishing.

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