Security

Spammers use YouTube as conduit

Spammers are using the "friends invite" link on YouTube to route unsolicited e-mails. The e-mails appear to come from the e-mail address service@youtube.com, getting through spam filters that take the source to be legitimate.

Spammers are using the "friends invite" link on YouTube to route unsolicited e-mails. The e-mails appear to come from the e-mail address service@youtube.com, getting through spam filters that take the source to be legitimate.

Here's a quote from an article at techworld:

"Spammers are doing this to defeat spam filters and to lower the recipient's guard by making it look as though the messages are coming from a perfectly innocuous email address," said Bradley Anstis of Marshal, an email security firm.

Users are warned that the e-mails could contain a link to a Storm Trojan. It was only recently that online videos were discussed as the next major threat to security on the Web.

The YouTube routing proves how hard spammers are trying to circumvent spam filters. And, for Google, which entirely depends on online ventures for its success, the increasing security risks will be a firm test.

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