Spammers Using Fake YouTube Notifications to Peddle Drugs

Spammers are attempting to deceive unsuspecting users into clicking on fake YouTube links that lead to a counterfeit drug website, according to a report yesterday from security firm Webroot.

Spammers are attempting to deceive unsuspecting users into clicking on fake YouTube links that lead to a counterfeit drug website, according to a report yesterday from security firm Webroot.

Dancho Danchev writes that pharmaceutical scammers are circulating emails that mimic legitimate Youtube notifications. The emails claim someone from Youtube Support has sent the user a personal message, yet once the user clicks on a link in the email, they are redirected to a dubious looking drug website, Canadian Family Pharmacy.

Danchev goes on to write that while the site was being analyzed, it had a hard time staying online and in turn, seemingly stopped any potential victims from being tricked into purchasing fake drugs.

Pharmaceutical spammers have been using affiliate programs to push their pills for years now. Faux and rogue pharmacies have been using botnets, spam email campaigns and disguised notifications from Facebook, Twitter and like this attack, Youtube, to spread their spammy links around.

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