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Phishers Consistently Using Shortened URLs as Means of Deception

Phishers are using shorter URLs for malicious sites in a bid to lend an air of legitimacy to threatening links. Internet Security Services, IBM's online-security division, claims to have noticed a significant drop in the number of characters used by fraudsters in their phishing URLs:

"Over the last few months our Kassel based X-Force analysts have been observing host names within fraudulent phishing URL's consistently arrive with lengths of between 30 and 37 characters. Last weeks phishing statistics noted a significant change as we observed that these phishing host names have now shrunk to an average of only 17 characters in length."

Read full story: CNET News

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