Fake YouTube Links Used In New Spam Campaign
Luring unsuspecting users to malicious sites using fake YouTube links is the latest trend. As usual, the spammers have based their attacks on the users habit of clicking on links leading to harmless sites. Except that these link lead anywhere but to YouTube.
August 28, 2007
The scam has been exposed on the McAfee Avert Labs blog:
“For users who fall for this bait and click the link, they are directed to a site containing an image, tagging back to YouTube’s logo.
The fake YouTube links are the latest addition to a most-interesting list of Internet scams. At first there were the fake e-greeting cards and bogus login instructions followed later on. However, the new technique opens a door to a much wider array of possibilities. YouTube was the fist chosen because of its huge popularity, but social networking sites or other famous video-sharing websites might as well follow in the next weeks.
The conclusion: don't be quick to follow a link, even though it might seem as a legitimate one.