The oldest known fake Twitter account @krails was created on Jan 15th, 2007. You don’t happen to follow it, do you?
Twitter suspends fake accounts when it finds them.
Problem is, it can’t always find them.
The news that this account was fake first broke on Friday. That’s when Jason Ding, a researcher from security vendor Barracuda Networks, published a study on Barracuda’s blog that quantified how bad the fake account problem is for Twitter including releasing the name of that fake account.
We queried Twitter about the research and the fake account, which was still live even as we type this. Twitter declined comment on this particular case but did confirm that it was against its terms of service to buy followers, sell them or use a service that automically adds them.
We also noticed that there’s a Twitter user, Kevin Railsback, who goes by @kevinrailsback on that service but has the username “krails” on a lot of other websites. We asked him if, by chance, @krails used to belong to him but got hijacked somewhere along the way. We haven’t heard back yet.
If the now clearly fake account did belong to the real Railsback, that might explain its why it was impossible for Twitter to detect.