Kaspersky has released its latest report: December’s malware activity. It draws particular attention to “cybercriminals turning to shortened URLs as a means to direct users to infected websites,” often with the intent to download Rogueware.
In December, the top trends on Twitter’s main page included a number of entries with links that had been shortened and which, after several redirects, eventually led to infected websites.
You will forgive me if I say quite bluntly that there is no excuse for being caught by this. Just use or switch to Firefox for your browser, and install the NoScript add-on. Firefox can provide a lot of protection by itself. NoScript will stop malware loading from infected websites. So even if you go somewhere you shouldn’t, you’ll still be protected.
See my discussion with Kaspersky’s David Emm for details on Rogueware’s more serious brother: Ransomware: Kaspersky’s David Emm explains the threat to small business and home users; and see my interview with the developer of NoScript for further details on the protection it offers: NoScript and hijacked trustworthy websites (such as TechCrunch and SongLyrics).