ANDROID users need to be cautious when clicking on a URL they’re sent, with experts warning that tapping on a FALSE link can extremely cost users of the Google mobile OS.
If a short URL has been sent to your Android device you may want to have a rethink about it before clicking on it. Security specialists are advising that URL shorteners are being used to circulate malware to Android devices. Shady software being distributed to Android phones include the use of SMS trojans and banking malware, which can end up stealing money from unsuspecting victims.
The security risk was emphasized in an online post by Lukas Stefanko, the malware researcher at ESET.
Stefanko stressed that some URL shorteners use “aggressive” ad strategies such as scareware when people click on a link. This can then lead users onto hazardous websites.
Stefanko said: “Monetisation means that when someone clicks on such a link, an advertisement, such as the examples in Figure 1, will be displayed that will generate revenue for the person who generated the shortened URL.