Hacker Hits URL Shortening Service Cligs
Cligs, a URL shortening service popular among users of micro-blogging services like Twitter, was attacked recently. The attack redirected 2.2 million of the miniature URLs to a single URL.Cligs, a popular URL shortening service for Twitter users, was hacked recently in an attack that exploited a security hole to redirect 2.2 million URLs. "Late last night/early this morning, a security hole in the Cligs editing functionality was discovered and was exploited by a malicious attacker," according to a June 15 statement on the Cligs' Website. "The attack edited most URLs on Cligs to point to a single URL hosted on freedomblogging.com."
For Twitter users, URL shortening services such as TinyURL and Cligs have become a staple because they allow users to Tweet long Web addresses and stay within the character limit imposed on messages. Such services, however, have attracted the attention of security researchers and attackers alike.