MySpace Begins Filtering Outgoing Links (msplinks.com issue)

MySpace has taken some of the first real steps to addresses the spam and phishing problems of the web site. Mark Monitor who offers online security and brand protection services are now offering some type of much needed help to MySpace. I couldn’t find any announcement of a partnership between the two companies however the domain msplinks.com was recently registered through Mark Monitor this month and is now being used to filter some outgoing links posted on the site. Currently it seems to only effect messages and comments but it will probably encompass other areas of the site as well.

When a link is posted it is converted into link from msplinks.com with a long string of encrypted information.

Example:
www.msplinks.com/F4Ffd32FHjsk7kjgMhG5Ff$

This will allow MySpace to track outgoing links and better identify spammy or phishing schemes. Overall a step in the right direction however this could present a major problem for companies that use MySpace to drive traffic to their web sites. Just as with the recent Photobucket controversy MySpace could easily kill an outgoing link and cut off the flow of traffic.

* Update: The official notice from "Tom", you get those "dirty spammers"!

Here is a sample of MySpace Conspiracy text that is already going out from bulletins and comments:

"Hackers/phishers are gaining access, I am told, through comments we are unknowingl"y passing along from page to page if we are infected.

The infected comments begin with "www,msplinks" if you have that in comments, you are infected and are most likely passing it on to friends in your comments. Take this for what it is worth. I hope you have not been infected, but there is one way to find out.

You need to go to edit your profile, go to safe mode, edit comments and look for ANY comments back to the 19th that begin with "www.msplinks"..this is the virus and I am finding it in many comments. Delete those comments. Then change your password. There is a hacker/phisher hitting MS and this is the way they attack pages. If you have your security set to APPROVE COMMENTS…before you approve any, hit REPLY and read the comment code. If you see www.msplinks at the beginning of it, deny it and let the sender know because thier page is infected too."

And a thanks to mashable.com for the linking us.

**Update 2

I was wrong to cite Mark Monitor as being behind this, turns out MySpace just uses them to register their domain names.

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52 Responses to MySpace Begins Filtering Outgoing Links (msplinks.com issue)

  1. john says:

    Actually, they stopped doing this a few days ago.

  2. Bleep Sound says:

    I hate msplinks.com. lolz. It only hurts SEO plugs. It has no effect on spammers. They’ll still spam just the same.

  3. Char says:

    MySpace and msplinks
    I can understand they need to do something about this. But how do we that are using myspace and making our own pages for it go about making the links to Message me work now. or even Bloce User?

    my links to these things work well before and now none of them work…..

    Help if You can.

    Thank You
    Char
    lala_granny@yahoo.com

  4. MrRob says:

    Hummmm….

    I understand the filtering of comments 8)

    But myspace external url “filtering” has spread to “MY” profile code (so it no longer feels like “MYspace”) and the only link thats STOPPED is the one to my own website. Its a simple URL that redirects to my blog and gallery.
    But All the self-hosted thumbnails I have coded now take minutes rather than seconds to load.

    So whats the reasoning behind this?

    A quick browse of myspace will turn up a load of non-filtered url links in comments still around But only if you run firefox and can preview the link url…. but maybe that’s why I’ve never had a problem.

  5. Yes I noticed this today as well.

    Can’t say I didn’t expect it but it certainly does make this more of an issue. I’m all for turning off the spammy links but thats taking away a lot of freedom of the users.

  6. MrRob says:

    It might just be a glitch and once my site is verified all might be ok …..

    I mean all the direct links have passed the “test” and are filtered ok … if slowly.

    If only there was some way to start the verification process.

    Hurry up Tom ;)

  7. Condom Man says:

    Funny how good intentions can turn bad; it seems to have blocked a lot of legitimate comments to our profile, but I still get 50 Macy’s gift card spam comments an hour … :|

  8. Noah says:

    As someone already said, the links on my MySpace to Add me, Comment Me, and Message me no longer work. I refuse to going back to using a damn contact box. I’ve got my profile exactly how I wanted it, and now it’s ruined because the majority of MySpace users are gullible.

  9. chie chie says:

    does anyone know dis?? U CAN STILL SOMEONES PRIVATE PROFILE EVETHO UR NOT DER FRENS.. does anyone know dat?? isnt der a code? cus some girl took all my pictures n sayin dat its her n all dat bullshit.. help me! or giveme d code.. email me! labellamafia8888@yahoo.com

  10. chie chie

    I have that code, however I can only give it those those with the basic grammar skills of a 2nd grader or higher.

  11. Rufus White says:

    Since implementing this, MySpace has also started blocking links to other websites, including legitimate blogger sites – luckily I managed to find a way around it. Full instructions and code here: http://rufuswhite.blogspot.com/2007/06/more-myspace-censorship-and-how-to-get.html

  12. felipe says:

    I prefer the spam to the msplinks “solution”… myspace is punishing all users for the spam… its like stop eating to stop diarrhea!! I cant develop my own contact table… or put a link to my site.. thats just a dumb solution.

  13. JOANNE says:

    i can not get any of my motivated mom banner’s to work

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    i can not get any of my motivated mom banner’s to work

  15. Mitch says:

    MSPLINKS.COM…made everything in my MySpace Profile work slower. My videos now skip constantly, and so does any animated graphics. Now I have to change everything to non-animated, and forget about embedding any video codes. They just don’t work properly. Friends can’t send me animated graphics in my Comment section, because they barely move, since that MSPLINKS.COM was installed. It sucks BIG TIME!

  16. Nancy says:

    MSPLINKS.COMâ?¦made everything in my MySpace Profile work slower..

    This really sucks.. big time

  17. Nancy says:

    MSPLINKS.COMâ?¦made everything in my MySpace Profile work slower..

    This really sucks.. big time

  18. madgreek says:

    msplinks: sucks for me. i use a lot of external links in my profile and now you can’t see where they go to. it’s bigtime overkill and people need to be educated on how not to be spammed or phished. appearance is reality and msplinks are ugly- score one for the spammers who just want to vandalize anyway. peace.

  19. MC says:

    I agree, Myspace needs to find a better way to allow the average user to put links in their profiles and bulletins. Myspace seems to plan poorly for the future bad consequences it suffers, such as people stealing others info or spamming. I understand it is a social site that grew fast, but was security never an issue when they were planning this whole site?

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  25. mike says:

    they may have stopped doing it, but all of my lnks are changed, i dont know what the hell anything is anymore and i am so pissed

  26. Rob says:

    I spent many hours over the course of a year designing two random quote generators on my private AOL (paid account). They are two simple pages each with only one link back to MySpace! But the new msplinks have rendered the paths inaccessible from my MySpace page. What is it that’s so threatening? My AOL acct. or the quote generator from Lycos HTML Gear? I’ve emailed their Help Desk 3 times and received the same generic non-answer to my problem. (Their troubled Goth msg. boards are no help either) If they are suggesting that I’m a phisher that’s laughable! I don’t even have “friends” or contact people via MySpace–It’s just a design hobby in my lonely life. But I get the last laugh… MySpace and its paranoid geeks are more pathetic!

  27. Michelle says:

    This sucks. Ever since they started using the msplinks, I can’t click on any of them. They all say the page cannot be found.
    This SUCKS.

  28. There are plenty of us who are just trying to find ways of serving the plublic as well as ourselves. Myspace is truly putting a stop to it. Simple links and banners no longer working when, as one fella stated, “I still get 50 Macyâ??s gift card spam comments an hour”.
    Come on TOM! Can we do better?

  29. Space Ghost says:

    Well, “Tom” is not doing a very good job of “filtering” with his msplinks.com redirector, because I caught a virus from it yesterday – namely
    Backdoor.Win32.SDbot.cic

    THANKS “TOM”!!!

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  34. Yoseph says:

    nothing wrong with msplinks.com
    and what are you people using to link your blogs in your codes? I use basic code and I’m doing fine,
    I even have flash that I’ve made showing up in my myspace profile.
    of course these problems may have been fixed since these initial issues.

    myspace.com/yosephshepherd

  35. eric says:

    ahhh i’m so jealous,
    myspace blocks any outgoing
    links i try to use, idk how
    to get around it.

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