According to Kaspersky, there were several message variations in the mass mailing, but they all included the same link to the video hosting site.
“In 2007, Kaspersky Lab forecast the possible use of YouTube as a medium for disseminating spam,” a spokesman for the security firm said.
“However, this is the first time the company’s specialists have detected a mass mailing specifically intended to make users view an advertising video.”
Darya Gudkova, head of Content Analysis & Research at Kaspersky Lab, said this type of advertising gets more hits because its more interesting.
“Two years ago spammers used the YouTube name and the promise of interesting videos to lure users to advertising sites,” Gudkova said.
“Now the links really do lead to this popular video hosting site which is being used to store unsolicited advertising content.”