Security Website whinging

URL shortener problems

I noticed today that the BBC uses as a URL shortener. I wanted to see a story posted by the local BBC outfit on Twitter that carried such a link. But the link redirected to… trouble is is currently blocked by Sky Broadband Shield for phishing or malware. Actually there’s not surprise there given what et al do.

Later on the redirect from went to which is not blocked and that then took me to a BBC page.

So… given the BBC owns why not put a URL shortener there and avoid these external, uncontrolled ones? I mean, these externals are bound to continue to cause issues.