TwitSweeper — the leading software for detecting spam and malware in Twitter accounts — now detects malware, spam and phishing sites associated with certain shortened URLs. This is a growing problem as Twitter clients use Bit.ly, TinyURL and many other custom white-label shorteners like amzn.to, binged.it, cs.pn, huff.to, natpo.st, ning.it, nyti.ms, on.cnn.com, onion.com, oreil.ly, pep.si, rww.to, slidesha.re, tcrn.ch and yhoo.it, to name a few.
Introduced in July, 2010, TwitSweeper’s new feature has reviewed over one million shortened links to detect spam, malware or phishing sites. “We see this as a growing problem”, states Doug Braun, President of Emerge2 Digital. “To date, this new feature has already flagged over 1,900 bad links, with more to come.”
According to Dasient, over 1.3 million web sites host malware, usually without their knowledge and often due to third-party widgets, advertising or applications on their websites being hacked.
“As we all know, where spammers see an opportunity to make money or disrupt commerce, they’ll take advantage of it.” Fortunately, TwitSweeper is slamming the door shut on Twitter malware and spam.