D0z.me: Nefarious URL Shortener Makes Link-Clickers into Unwitting DDoS Attackers
Need more proof that URL shortening services are bad for web stability and security? Look no further than d0z.me, a ‘proof-of-concept’ shortener that does a fine job at redirecting people from the shortened links to the destination pages — except everyone who clicks on a link is an unknowing participant in a DDoS [distributed denial of service] attack on another site’s server.
Ben Schmidt, who created d0z.me, emphasizes that he made the service to prove a point and not to facilitate mischief-making: “It was created solely as an example of the serious consequences of the Internet’s increased reliance upon URL shortners, as well as how easy it is to create an unwitting DDoS botnet without actually exploiting a single computer. If you target a site that is not yours, you are responsible for the consequences.”
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