Symantec is observing an increase in spam messages containing .gov URLs. A screenshot of a sample message is below:
Traditionally, .gov URLs have been restricted to government entities. This brings up the question of how spammers are using .gov URLs in spam messages.
The answer is on this webpage:
1.USA.gov is the result of a collaboration between USA.gov and bitly.com, the popular URL shortening service. Now, whenever anyone uses bitly to shorten a URL that ends in .gov or .mil, they will receive a short, trustworthy 1.usa.gov URL in return.
While this feature has legitimate uses for government agencies and employees, it has also opened a door for...