Spammers are exploiting YouTube’s “invite your friends” function to send spam containing a variant of the “Storm worm.”Bradley Anstis, director of product management at security firm Marshal, said that spammers are taking advantage of the YouTube function that lets people invite friends to view videos that they have viewed or posted. The function allows someone to e-mail any address from an account.
The scam on Google’s video-sharing site is targeting Xbox owners, urging recipients to collect a prize version of the popular game Halo 3. Anstis said clicking on the link to “winhalo3” leads to a file containing a Storm trojan.
To date, Marshal has tracked around 150,000 of the spam e-mail messages thought to have originated from YouTube accounts.