PandaLabs has reported that YouTube's message sending system has been partly compromised by cyber-crooks to spread malware.
Hackers are sending spoof YouTube messages to users to say they have been caught on a spy cam and the video has been posted on the internet. The scam aims to trick users into clicking the link to the video.
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The messages appear to have been sent from YouTube and has led to a malware strain detected as Autodelete.G. If the user clicks the attached link a vicious bug gets automatically downloaded.
Dominic Hoskins, country manager at Panda Security UK, said, "This type of attack is a frequently used technique of social engineering which, surprisingly, is very effective despite its relatively simple methodology.
"Cyber-crooks increasingly use popular social services such as YouTube to give authenticity to their e-mails and increase the number of potential victims."