That shortened URL just might be spam

With the exploding popularity of Twitter, more people than ever are using services that shorten Web addresses, such as, which translates a long Web address into one short enough to be tucked into a 140-character message. Perhaps inevitably, spammers have taken note. Spam-filter provider MessageLabs, a division of Symantec, has found that the number of shortened addresses that are actually spam — deceptively linking to a questionable site — has risen dramatically in the past couple of months.

The percentage of shortened URLs that are spam:

April: 0.11%

May: 0.34%

June: 1.80%

July: 2.23%

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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