Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday October 21, 2012

Spammers Using Short .gov URLs to Trick Victims

If you have been receiving official looking correspondence which turns out to be spam, even though it has the official .gov URL, you aren’t alone. No, the FBI isn’t going to be knocking on your door or the IRS isn’t collecting back taxes via your email address, it’s just savvy spammers taking advantage of a links vulnerability.

The security company found that is a recent phenomenon: in the last week, over 43,049 clicks were made through 1.usa.gov shortened URLs to 10 spam domains. Unsurprisingly, most of them came from the US.

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