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YOUTUBE HACKERS CURRENTLY SPREADING VIRUS ATTACKERS THAT CAN HARM YOUR PHONES

WATCH OUT FOR THESE LINES BELOW WHEN YOU ON YOUTUBE CAUSE YOU MIGHT END UP GETTING YOUR PHONE  HACKED
 I had access all of a sudden to all his texts, calls he made or received, all the photos made or received, his email and social media accounts," one woman says in a clearly scripted, and poorly acted, YouTube video. The video is advertising FlexiSpy, a piece of malware that anyone can buy for as little as $69 to spy on mobile phones or computers, and these YouTubers typically direct potential customers to a spyware vendor in exchange for a cut of the sale.
The myriad of videos available online highlight the ease at which anyone can buy spyware, and the audacity of the industry's' advertising. But they also point to one of the target audiences for the software—paranoid lovers wanting to illegally spy on their spouse.

"If you want to feel the same I did, safe and without any fear, check the link in the description," she adds.

The link is ostensibly for a blog reviewing different pieces of consumer spyware, but it redirects the visitor to FlexiSpy's website. The URL includes a referral code, letting FlexiSpy track which of its advertisers has helped with a sale. (While working on this article, someone changed the destination of the redirect; it now sends visitors to another spyware vendor entirely, and one of FlexiSpy's competitors, called mSpy).
"Catch a Cheater Fast with FlexiSpy," is another video from the same YouTuber. Other clips, such as

"Is FlexiSPY A Scam? My Opinion," and a Spanish video explaining how to install the software all redirect to FlexiSpy's website, along with a referral link. Dozens of videos explain or advertise what this sort of consumer malware can do for you, and although some mention monitoring children or employees, many are focused on spying on spouses.

"Hi Help My Spouse Is Cheating! How do I get in contact with you?" a comment left on a video about catching lovers reads.

One YouTuber, who runs a channel and gadget review site called Steve Hackdotcom, told Motherboard over Skype he doesn't actually appear in the videos. Instead, he paid a freelance content creator to talk about FlexiSpy and walk viewers through it.

Including traffic coming from places like Google and Bing, Steve said he could make up to $2,000 to $3,000 a month promoting FlexiSpy. That is, until the search engines allegedly introduced a change about six months ago leading to fewer referrals, dramatically decreasing his income. Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment.

Naturally, viewers who watch YouTube videos recommending people spy on their lovers with malware may go on to do just that, likely breaking the law in the process.

"I'm not worried about that," Steve told Motherboard, although he came across more as indifferent than malicious.

There are connections between individual YouTube channels too; many link to the same site that then funnels customers to the official mSpy website, and some of the clips include the same blonde actress as in the first video (although in a few cases it's unclear whether others have simply ripped the video and used it for their own money-making scheme).

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