hypnosec writes: Cyber-scammers have started using the 1.usa.gov links in their spam campaigns in a bid to fool gullible users into thinking that the links they see on a website or have received in their mail or newsletter are legitimate US Government website. Spammers have achieved these shortened URLs through a loophole in the URL shortening service provided by bit.ly. USA.gov and Bit.ly have collaborated thus enabling anyone to shorten a
.gov or .mil URL into a trustworthy 1.USA.gov URL. Further, according to an explanation provided by HowTo.gov, USA.gov short URLs do not require any log in.