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Meanwhile, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, who also reported the attack, advises the users who unwillingly posted the message to change their passwords and more importantly to also change them on other services, if they use the same ones."If you use that password on any other non-Twitter account then you must also change those passwords too (please *don't* make it the same as your new Twitter password)," the security researcher writes. Cluley, Twitter is not the first social networking service to be hit by such an attack.A highly similar one occurred on Facebook last month, prompting the analyst to think that they are most likely the work of the same cyber-criminal group.He further said that the kind of attack on Twitter had occurred on other social networking sites as well in the past like on Facebook in February 2009 that suggested to the analyst that probably the same gang of cyber criminals were behind the Twitter attack.Security specialists further state that phishers and spammers are targeting Twitter from the time they realized the possibility and profitability in phishing and spamming Twitter accounts.A new attack targeting users of Twitter was noticed on March 6, 2009 when hijacked accounts began dispatching spam mails that promoted a pornographic webcam chat service.