[Resource] Shortened & weird URLs, don’t insta-click on them (forum/PMs)

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enjolras

enjolras

Saw the angel shine through the jellyfish
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On the forum, there are a non-negligeable amount of shortened URLs instead of fully expanded.
These are abbreviated links, for the most common ones, in these forms

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It‘s a very bad idea to click on these links, wherever they are posted (integrating PMs into the statement) cause they can hide transparent redirections that are malicious. For instance, loggers that grab IPs without a notice. Ill intended infiltrated members (LE / pro-life) could collect a pack of members’ IPs this way (not giving the sources expressly)

When you come across them, it’s smart to use an external service that extends the destination to check that it will be harmless. And for the times when you don’t know what you click on, don’t.


Example, if https://bit.ly/2WVMulW is seen
Verify

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Moreover, the expanded link can be further analysed for safety when the suspicion persists.

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enjolras

enjolras

Saw the angel shine through the jellyfish
Feb 13, 2020
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Developping on the matter since out of curiosity I’ve played with fly catchers in the past, seen them in action.

The compressed URL can redirect to a trap URL which instantly redirects to an innocent URL. The transition is rapid enough so that the obversation of what happens in between is skipped by the trained eyes.
 
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