Hi html and cybersecurity noob here.
My question is how do hackers/scammers know that i clicked a link? Why is my personal info in the url redirect link? Is this info then being stored in a database and the hacker/scammer knows that because this specific link was clicked it must have been me?
I recieved a dodgy email with a link and was curious. So i activated my VPN and checked the link first on virus total and dr web. I found out that the link redirected several times to different websites.
i have changed the link numbers and letters but the domain is how i recieved it as you see below.
The original link sent to me looked like:
What freaked me out was that the second redirect url contained my email address in the url link. It was in a weird format seperated by commas (,) the link below is not real but is in a format as such:
how i imagine this works is that this information of my email address in being passed on to user “admin77” stored in his database/textfile whatever and he knows that i have clicked his link and he now knows i am susceptible to clicking links and a future target?
I would like to inform myself more about cybersecurity and find out more about the details. Any help would be greatly appresh <3