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YouTube messaging system 'compromised' to spread malware

PandaLabs has reported that YouTube's message sending system has been partly compromised by cyber-crooks...

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.

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."

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