‘A Gift to Phishers:’ Elon Musk’s Plan to Change X/Twitter Links Backfires Spectacularly

Elon Musk’s rebranding of Twitter to X hit a major hurdle this week when the social network’s attempt to automatically replace “” links with “” backfired. Security expert Brian Krebs called the system a “gift to phishers” and said it allows hackers to make links to malicious sites appear safe.

ars technica report In a move that security reporter Brian Krebs called a “gift to phishers,” X’s iOS app now ends with “” in the tweet, even if the link isn’t actually Twitter. It is said that the URL has started changing to “”. .com link. This flaw allows scammers to register domain names like “” that appear as “” in posts on You will be directed to a certain site.

Elon Musk’s X logo for Twitter (Anadolu Agency/Getty)

According to, at least 60 domain names ending in “” were registered in the two days following the change, most of which appear to have been acquired defensively by individuals to prevent abuse by scammers. You can One such domain,, was registered by her X/Twitter user @yuyu0127_ to demonstrate the potential risk. When the site is visited, a message appears warning the user about the possibility of exploiting this feature by acquiring a domain containing “” and redirecting the user to a malicious page.

“If given the opportunity, malicious actors may register domains as a way to divert traffic away from legitimate sites and brands.Top 100 Many such brands in the million domain include Webex, HBOMAX, Xerox, Xbox, etc.

X/Twitter initially fixed the issue for some affected domains, but as of Tuesday, Mashable reports that the iOS app still has many other references for “” to “”. Reported that it has changed. However, it appears that X modified the text substitution to only change the appearance of his actual link.

Despite this fix, the transition from Twitter to X remains woefully incomplete. Typing “” into your browser will still redirect you to, and even the company’s media contact email address,, will generate an automatic reply from the address.

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Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering free speech and online censorship issues.