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3 open source link shorteners
Opensource.com
They're hard to decipher. But sometimes, between a deep directory structure on a site, plus a large number of parameters tacked on to the end, URLs just begin to get unwieldy. And back in the days before Twitter added their own link shortener to their ...


ZDNet

Why the Bitly link-shortening service went down for some users
ZDNet
We use URL shortening services so often these days we're seldom even aware of them. Until, that is, one of them fails. Today, one of the most popular of these, Bitly, stopped working for some users. You may think of URL shorteners as something ...


EdgeWave Discovered New Spam Technique Exploiting Ubiquitous URL Shorteners
Marketwired (press release)
URL shorteners may be susceptible to this new exploit when a change is allowed to the long URL after the shortened URL is created. The malicious parties fabricate an email that appears to be a legitimate marketing email which includes the shortened URL ...

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LifeHacker India

10 Ways to Make Money Online
LifeHacker India
The best part about having a smartphone is you can earn decent money online. There are many exciting opportunities available online, using which you can earn money sitting at home or even standing in a queue. Here we share such fantastic tricks.


Motherboard

British Spies Used a URL Shortener to Honeypot Arab Spring Dissidents
Motherboard
A now-defunct free URL shortening service—lurl.me—was set up by GCHQ that enabled social media signals intelligence. Lurl.me was used on Twitter and other social media platforms for the dissemination of pro-revolution messages in the Middle East.


The security risks of URL-shortening services for enterprises
TechTarget
In one instance, cloud storage providers, such as Microsoft OneDrive, and mapping services, like Google Maps, used shortened URLs that were vulnerable, and revealed users' shared files and addresses, among other data. Shortened URLs have been ...


Forbes

5 Reasons You Should Stop Shortening URLs - Forbes
Forbes
A recent paper published by Cornell Tech researchers showed that shortened URLs can be cracked to spy on people—but that's just one reason to avoid bit.ly ...

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Ars Technica

Guess what? URL shorteners short-circuit cloud security
Ars Technica
When used to share data protected by credentials included in the Web address associated with the content, these services could allow an attacker to gain access to data simply by searching through the entire address space for a URL-shortening service in ...
Researchers Crack Microsoft and Google's Shortened URLs to Spy on PeopleWIRED
URL Shorteners: Convenient But a Potential Security RiskPC Magazine
Using URL shorteners could expose you to privacy invasions and malware attacksThe Next Web
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Business Wire (press release)

Zelis™ Payments Honored with Bronze Medal PYMNTS Innovator ...
Business Wire (press release)
CLEARWATER, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zelis™ Payments, a unit of Zelis Healthcare, is pleased to announce that it has been honored with a Bronze Medal for ...

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ComputerworldUK

URL shortening – are these services now too big a security risk to use?
ComputerworldUK
Spammers and malware pushers are still heavily abusing URL shortening services, messaging security firm Cloudmark has reported in its 2015 annual security report (reg required). The popular Bit.ly service has recently become a particular favourite with ...