Firewalls scanning IM messages: Google as symbolic link

Here's something I hadn't seen before: I IM'd a friend of mine at a Big Company and the message got rejected because it included a URL. I have to suppose that it's any URL that gets bounced, but who knows?

So the workaround? I sent the text for a Google query that returns the same url.

Further details: Discussing it with him, the logic seems to be that someone could send an employee a phishing link in an IM message.
Posted on May 9, 2008 and filed under Technology.