Was denial-of-service attack the final straw for tr.im?

Graham Cluley

Url-shortening service tr.im has announced that it is closing down, claiming that it cannot find a way of making money to continue its development and support.

Nambu, the company behind tr.im, says in a blog post that it has not been able to find a viable ecomimical model to continue the project (users won’t pay to shorten their urls, and not enough companies are interested in purchasing trend data about the hottest links).

Life must have got even harder when Twitter chose bit.ly as their preferred URL shortener earlier this year.

What’s most interesting to me, however, is that last week it was reported that tr.im suffered from what it claimed to be a denial-of-service attack last Wednesday, which blew the site offline for some hours.

Fascinatingly, it has been suggested, however, that hackers may not have been to…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.