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Discovered: SMS spammers trick users by hiding spam links in text messages

May 22, 2015    

SMS spammers are attempting to avoid URL filters by hiding links in YouTube videos. Symantec discovered this trend in a recent SMS spam campaign, which disguised the sender as a woman looking to date the messages recipient. The message directed the user to a YouTube video, which asked them to get verified by visiting a link included in the video. However, this link instead led the user to an adult website. If the user signed up to the site, then their credit card would be charged with membership fees. Most spammers make their money through scams, phishing campaigns, or affiliate progr...

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