Illegal content on YouTube? Beware spammed-out malware attack

Filed Under: Malware, Spam

Youtube malwareInternet users are being warned about a malware attack that has been spammed out widely, posing as a communication from YouTube about copyrighted video content.

The emails, which have the subject line "Your video may have illegal content", pretend to come from Google's YouTube team.

Here's an example:

Malicious email, claiming to come from Google regarding illegal YouTube content

Subject: Your video may have illegal content
Attached file:

Message body:
Your video may have content that is owned or licensed by Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society.

No action is required on your part; however, if you are interested in learning how this affects your video, please open attached file with Content ID Matches section of your account for more information.

- The YouTube Team

The attached ZIP file, however, contains the Troj/Agent-XXC Trojan horse.

Sophos anti-virus products have been capable of detecting the malware since September 25th - but users of products from other vendors may not be as well protected.

Always be suspicious of unsolicited emails - and don't rush to click on unexpected attachments.

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3 Responses to Illegal content on YouTube? Beware spammed-out malware attack

  1. Jack · 920 days ago

    "Music Publishing Rights Collection Society"

    There's your clue that this is BS. No further reading required.

    • Laurence Marks · 920 days ago

      Well, yeah, presuming your native language is English.

  2. Check the language also: most of these scams' structure of the words is quite off.
    In the above, it ought to be "the attachment" not attachment

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