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Twitter Users at Risk With Spam Hiding Under Tiny URLs

Theconcisenessofmicro-bloggingaswellasitsabilitytoprovideupdatesinrealtimehasmadeitquitepopulartoday。

AnditsnowonderthatsiteslikeTwitterhavebecomequiteapopularservicethatmoreandmorepeoplehaveturnedtoasameansofsocialnetworkingonline。

Andalongwiththispopularity,certainissueshavecroppeduplikespammingthatmightjustturnpeopleoff。

OneoftherecentonesinvolvedtheuseofshortenedURLswhenpostinglinksonTwitter。

WithTwitterbeingamicro-blogofsomesortaswellasasocialnetwork,textmessages,orTweets,areusuallylimitedtoonlyto140characters。

UsingURLlinksmightjustbeawasteofvaluableTweetrealestate。

ThatiswhythereareURLshorteningservicessuchasTinyURLthathelpshortenconventionallinksintoTwitter-friendlylinks。

ItisquiteahandytooltouseespeciallyifyoufrequentlyhavemanylinkstosharetoyourfollowersonTwitter。

Theseshortenedlinkshavealsoattractedspammersandcyber-criminalsfromusingthemforcertaindeviouspurposesonline。

ShortenedURLlinksusedonTwitterhavemadeiteasierforspammersandotherquestionableelementsforhidingURLswithmaliciousintentwhenclickedupon。

Formostpeoplenotabletodeterminesuchspamlinks,itwouldbequiteeasytojustclickonthelinkthatmightbeprecededbyanotherwiseharmlessTweet。

Butsomeoftheselinkscanactuallyleadsomepeopletovisitamaliciouswebpagewithoutevenknowingit。

TherealsohavebeenseveralinstanceswheresomespamemailsnowcontainshortenedlinkssuchasthatusedinTwitterasameanstohideacertainmaliciouswebsitefromdetectionbyanunwaryreaderthroughanotherwiseidentifiableURL。

Asaresult,itcanbeeasierforspammerstohavebetterclick-throughsthiswayandthereforemorevictims。

ItachievesevenamoreriskyapproachwhenusedonTwitter。