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

Can this be classified as phishing? Not sure.

@njoseph

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

@njoseph
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 tinyurl.com/y7mmcq9t one would instead use preview.tinyurl.com/y7mmcq9t .

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

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