Simon Pegg, described by Wikipedia as an English actor, comedian, writer, film producer and director, apparently got his Twitter account hacked earlier today. The hacker used his account to spread malware to his 1.2 million followers.
The tweet in question was sent via Twitter for Blackberry, and asked Pegg’s twitter followers to download a screensaver of his latest movie Paul. Thousands of his followers did and many even tweeted Thank youafter installing it. Those who had anti-virus protection installed however were informed of a Trojan horse being found in the ScreenSaver.exe file being linked to. Few hours later Simon posted few messages, indicating that his account was hacked and he did not post any message about a screensaver, and warning followers that they should not download the infectedscreensaver.
Being a Windows screensaver, the file is not believed to be malicious to anyone who is not using Microsoft’s Operating System. Jokingly however, Pegg did have this to say to Apple users:
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