A new spam campaign is exploiting the popularity of video sharing with messages advising users that "YouTube has sent you a notification."
Average computer users may be tempted to click on what they think could be an interesting or hilarious video clip. But clicking on the enclosed link unsuspectingly, without being asked to "Click Here to See,” leads users to some unsafe websites.
Under the hood, the link doesn't get anywhere near YouTube or Twitter. Whoever clicks on the spam links ends up at either a phishing site trying to steal users' bank passwords, a site trying to sell fake iPhones for a fraction of the cost, or even Trojan infected sites.
As the Internet brings the whole world closer and closer, this type of social engineering technique is found all over the world, from North America, to Europe, Asia, and South America. Spammers try delivering "YouTube" template messages to as many mailboxes as they attempted with the old-fashioned "Click here" type of spam. It’s a new look for an old technique.