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Spammers targeting YouTube users

YouTube is the latest of several big-name sites to be targeted by spammers

YouTube users are being warned about spam attacks via the site. Spammers are using the site's 'send to a friend' facility to send unsolicited emails containing a Storm Trojan.

The messages all come from, says security expert Marshal. "The key purpose of attacking YouTube is to defeat spam filters and to lower the recipient's guard," explains the firm.

Spam filtering

"The spam comes from a big-name company, from an email address which may already be excluded from spam filtering."

The YouTube Help Center even suggests that users exclude the address which has exacerbated the problem. In August, spammers used a Trojan to generate large numbers of spamtastic Google and Hotmail accounts.