We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

Spammers hit YouTube's email servers

'Invite Your Friends' service sending out spam

Spammers are using YouTube's servers to send massive quantities of unsolicited email, according to security firm Marshal.

The company has warned email users to be wary of messages carrying YouTube invites which appear to derive from the video-sharing site’s 'Invite Your Friends' feature, claiming the compromised servers are sending out spam messages from the [email protected] address.

"YouTube users have a facility where they can invite their friends to view videos that they are looking at or have posted. This effectively allows them to email to any address from their YouTube account. This is the functionality that the spammers are exploiting," said Bradley Anstis, Marshal's director of product management.

Marshal said the emails have the same appearance as a legitimate YouTube invite, except they include typical spam content and links to spam websites.

"Spammers are doing this to defeat spam filters and to lower the recipient’s guard by making it look as though the messages are coming from a perfectly innocuous email address. YouTube’s own Help Centre suggests that you exclude the [email protected] email address from spam filtering. The spammers are keenly aware of this."


IDG UK Sites

Windows 10: the complete guide… so far

IDG UK Sites

8 reasons you should start a blog

IDG UK Sites

Apple says Watch April release date 'not confirmed' for the UK

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch release date & UK price rumours: Apple Watch 'shipping in April' Tim Cook