Obfuscating phishy and “shady” URLs, as Warner called them in his Blog post, is nothing new. We’ve been witnessing various mutated techniques from spammers attempting to obfuscate their real intentions behind their shared URL’s in an attempt to increase the probability of successful phishing victimization and to evade detection from spam filters.
We’ve talked about being a phishing victim before and how to protect ourselves, yet as everything evolves and mutate, new techniques are always implemented, and used to increase the probability of successful phishing attempts and evade detection.
I am sure that all of us receive countless phishing emails in various forms, some disguising as being sent from our bank, or other services we have registered to. Others are requesting us to confirm our information because our account has been compromised, some using a threatening tone in an attempt to plant fear in the readers hearts leading them to click on a link, or reply back to the email.