Are URL shorteners like bit.ly, which transform long web addresses into
short links for social networking sites such as Twitter, a security
risk? Anil Dash, a blogging expert working on government connectivity,
thinks so, and urges the White House
Twitter feed to avoid using the service. As he tells New York Times
technology blogger Nick Bilton:
Bit.ly ends in .ly, which is actually a Libyan domain name. Probably
not the best idea for the U.S. government to use. If the White House is
sending me a Tweet, I need to know that it’s going to a trusted
Is Dash right to be concerned? Although its URL is associated with Libyran web addresses, bit.ly is an American
company--it's not as if all its links are routed through Colonel
Qaddafi's Blackberry. Nevertheless, Dash thinks the government would be wise to use go.usa.gov
instead. He later quotes L.L. Cool J on an unrelated point.
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