Facebook VIP spam sent via YouTube

Most readers of this blog should be familiar by now with the increasing trend for spammers, phishers and malware authors to take advantage of social networks to distribute their attacks and money-making schemes.

Indeed, one of the key findings of Sophos’s latest Security Threat Report was that reports of social networking spam and malware attacks have risen an astonishing 70% in the last year.

But it’s not just the likes of Facebook, MySpace and Twitter that are having their systems abused by criminal gangs in this way.

For instance, take a look at this message that was sent to the SophosLabs account on YouTube a week or so ago:

The message reads:

Hello SophosLabs , a friend of yours told me you like facebook quite alot and i thought you would want to check out the new Facebook VIP area. You get plenty of free…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.