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Tuesday, 10 May 2011

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Great post as this topic is never thought of. I use url shortening services quite often but I will take care of this often as my url might also get affected.

Thank you for the testing, it looks like I'll be using safe.mn

Usually I use URL shortener services for SMO of my links.According to me its safe but your research has created a doubt in my mind about my views.However its really a nice informative blog,I liked your research about the topic.

@snipeyhead

You are so bad...

http://snipe.net

is now

http://5z8.info/worm_o0j6al_click-on-this-and-youll-be-taken-to-page-that-will-create-pop-up-windows-until-your-browser-crashes

This is excellent advice, and very timely. I work for Symantec, and we recently released the findings of our Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 16, which found that attackers overwhelmingly leveraged the news-feed capabilities provided by popular social networking sites to mass-distribute attacks. In a typical scenario, the attacker logs into a compromised social networking account and posts a shortened URL to a malicious website in the victim’s status area. The social networking site then automatically distributes the link to news feeds of the victim’s friends, spreading the link to potentially hundreds or thousands of victims in minutes. In 2010, 65 percent of malicious links in news feeds observed by Symantec used shortened URLs. Of these, 73 percent were clicked 11 times or more, with 33 percent receiving between 11 and 50 clicks.

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