Spammers are abusing the "Invite Your Friends" system to send out "massive quantities of spam," according to content security outfit Marshall. The facility was intended to allow users to invite their friends to view videos that they they find interesting or have posted.
It looks like spammers are taking advantage of YouTube's own Help Centre recommendation to system administrators that the firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address be excluded from spam filtering.
The messages, which all come from email@example.com, have the same appearance as a legitimate YouTube invite, except they contain pitches for tat such as penis pills and get quick schemes instead of links to online video tat. Both could be considered forms of junk anyway, which partly explains why cybercriminals have adopted the tactic.
Bradley Anstis, Marshal's director of product management, notes, "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 e-mail address."
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.