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.
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.
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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