What is twishing?
Twishing is a form of phishing carried out through the social network Twitter. Phishing is an attempt to obtain personal information in order to steal another user's identity. Twishing comes in the form of a short Twitter message that takes the user to a website that might pique their curiosity. Once the user logs into the fraudulent site, the attacker can obtain personal information and use it to steal the user's identity.
The term twishing is a combination of phishing and Twitter. Twishers send a bait hoping to outsmart a few naive users.
Computer security experts caution against revealing personal information such as passwords or other identifying information on an unfamiliar website and remembering that legitimate websites such as online shopping companies or financial institutions never ask users to reveal their passcodes. In 2009, Twitter took a huge twishing hit that hacked 33 accounts.