Spammers Hijack Youtube Tools... Makes Me Crabby
There's lots of spam on Youtube, this we all know. After a long day of flagging (carrots for the good stuff, big ol' stick for the spam), yours truly has been known to rock over to Youtube in search of amateur parkour, x-treme motorcycle vids and so forth... only to find loads of spam comments. I can't help myself: I flag them. Spammers, though, have found a new trick, though, according to the article below.
Miscreants have turned a YouTube service into a spam relay channel.
YouTube contains a facility that allows users to invite their friends to view videos that they are looking at or have posted. This "Invite Your Friends" system is being used to send out "massive quantities of spam", according to content security outfit Marshall.
The messages, which all come from firstname.lastname@example.org, have the same appearance as a legitimate YouTube invite, except they contain pitches for tat such as penis pills and get quick schemes instead of links to online video tat. Both could be considered forms of junk anyway which partly explains why cybercriminals have adopted the tactic.
"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@example.com email address from spam filtering. The spammers are keenly aware of this," said Bradley Anstis, Marshal’s director of product management.
This also occurs in nature: parasites will occupy the body of a host and use that host's body parts--internal and external- for its own ends...
A female sacculina begins life as a tiny free-floating slug in the sea, drifting around until she encounters a crab. When that fateful day arrives, she finds a chink in the crab’s armor (usually an elbow or leg joint) and thrusts a kind of hollow dagger into its body. After that, she (how to put this?) "injects" herself into the crab, sluicing through the dagger and leaving behind a husk. Once inside, the jellylike sacculina starts to take over. She grows "roots" that extend to every part of the crab’s body - wrapping around its eyestalks and deep into its legs and arms. The female feeds and grows until eventually she pops out of the top of the crab, and from this knobby protrusion, she will steer the Good Ship Unlucky Crab for the rest of their co-mingled life. Packed full of parasite, the crab will forgo its own needs to serve those of its master. It won’t molt, grow reproductive organs, or attempt to reproduce. It won’t even regrow appendages, as healthy crabs can. Rather than waste the nutrients on itself, a host crab will hobble along and continue to look for food with which to feed its parasite master.
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