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Hackers Create their Own URL Shortening Service

Date: 2011-07-05 16:44:09

According to Symantec's May message labs report, For the First Time, Spammers established their own fake URL-shortening services. These services first use a commercial shortener to then link to their own shortener which finally points to a malicious site.

Symantec Message Labs Short URL Chart

According to Symantec, once the user has arrived at the site, they will be bombarded with attacks probing for vulnerabilities.

We did a short experiment to see how bit.ly would react to a tinyurl. Bit.ly handled it well. Although, we suppose that an unknown URL shortner may not invoke a warning as our test did.

  1. We used TinyUrl.com to create http://tinyurl.com/3bzuc8v from http://www.healthypasswords.com/

  2. We then used bit.ly to create http://bit.ly/qSQEk1 from the tinyurl url.

  3. We tried the second short url, which issued the following warning from bit.ly

  4. bit.ly warning

Category: Internet

Subcategory: Phishing

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