WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve blogged before about the increase in phishing attacks in recent years and over at the personal technology blog Gadgetwise at the New York Times thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an interesting post about how phishers are now hitting Twitter. Phishing is a form of online identity theft where emails and Web sites masquerading as official businesses are created and used to deceive Internet users into disclosing their personal data. The latest attack at Twitter appears to have involved the creation of bogus Twitter accounts which the scammers used to follow other users. If these users then clicked on the profiles of their new followers they were redirected to a fake Twitter site and prompted to hand over their passwords. Gadgetwise includes a list of handy tips on how to avoid such phishing scams. All of which is not to discourage you from following us on Twitter. Check out I.I.I. info on identity theft.