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Spammers Using Shortened .gov URLs 75

hypnosec writes "Cyber-scammers have started using '' links in their spam campaigns in a bid to fool gullible users into thinking that the links they see on a website or have received in their mail or newsletter are legitimate U.S. Government websites. Spammers have created these shortened URLs through a loophole in the URL shortening service provided by and have collaborated, enabling anyone to shorten a .gov or .mil URL into a 'trustworthy' URL. Further, according to an explanation provided by, creating these short URLs does not require a login." Which might not be a big deal, except that the service lets through URLs with embedded redirects, and it is to these redirected addresses that scammers are luring their victims.
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