Somebody sent me a personal message on IRC that looks like a support request, with a shortened url that points to with the search term "how to hack a computer".

Can this be classified as phishing? Not sure.


or like someone that just wants to make a point - dont click on random links

This is not answering your question, but possibly helpful in this case: Many URL-shortening services have a feature to preview link targets.

For example, to view the target URL of the TinyURL-shortened URL one would instead use .

For TinyURL this feature can be enabled globally here . This should be possible for many other URL-shortening services, too.

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