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Submission + - Spammers Using Shortened .gov URLs (

hypnosec writes: Cyber-scammers have started using the 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 US Government website. Spammers have achieved these shortened URLs through a loophole in the URL shortening service provided by and have collaborated thus enabling anyone to shorten a .gov or .mil URL into a trustworthy URL. Further, according to an explanation provided by, short URLs do not require any log in.
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Spammers Using Shortened .gov URLs

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It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.