Hackers attacked numerous in style crypto YouTuber accounts in some unspecified time in the future through the afternoon of Jan. 23. The accounts posted unauthorized movies with textual content directing viewers to ship cash to the hacker’s pockets.
Accounts who seem to have been focused by the assault embrace: ‘BitBoy Crypto’, ‘Altcoin Buzz’, ‘Field Mining’, ‘Floyd Mayweather’, ‘Ivan on Tech’, and ‘The Moon’ amongst others.
BREAKING: Dozens of Crypto YouTubers have had their accounts hijacked by hackers selling a faux crypto giveaway rip-off. Hacked accounts embrace:@IvanOnTech@boxmining@aantonop@themooncarl@Bitboy_Crypto@mmcrypto@Altcoinbuzzio@FloydMayweather@crypto_banter@CoinMarketCap pic.twitter.com/ykXkZUh9cO
— Mr. Whale (@CryptoWhale) January 23, 2022
The Binance Sensible Chain pockets address that was listed on the fraudulent movies solely had a complete of 9 transactions in BNB on the time of writing, with a complete worth of round $850.
Michael Gu informed Cointelegraph that his YouTube channel Boxmining posted a video with out his permission. “Fortunately we caught it inside two minutes of the video going stay and managed to delete it,” he mentioned. “By that point there have been already views and feedback from my group.”
He added that he had performed an inside sweep and located no viruses or bugs that will have given the hackers entry to his account. “Looks as if YouTube could be accountable,” he mentioned.
Many Crypto Youtubers (together with me) obtained hacked immediately – all publishing a rip-off video at across the identical time – @IvanOnTech @aantonop @Bitboy_Crypto @Altcoinbuzzio @FloydMayweather @crypto_banter @CoinMarketCap
I’ve 2FA enabled. pic.twitter.com/c8z5qmJ3bT
— Boxmining (@boxmining) January 23, 2022
One Reddit post by person “9Oh8m8” prompt that it seems as if the hackers had been in a position to achieve entry to the accounts utilizing a SIM swap scam, which might have enabled them to bypass two-factor authentication (2FA). They added:
“They’re all posting with a title like “ONE WORLD CRYPTOCURRENCY”. They’ve an tackle in vid and outline to ship your USDT/USDC/BNB/ETH to obtain a brand new crypto known as OWCY.”
Nevertheless, Gu wasn’t satisfied that the hack was a results of a SIM swap, telling Cointelegraph that there have been no logins on his private Google account. “If it was a SIM swap I might lose entry to my cellphone and so forth and that didn’t occur,” he mentioned.
“What we observed was on the BRAND account (which doesn’t have a login. YouTube model accounts are linked to private) there was a login from the Philippines. Very possible that is both a hack on YouTube facet or a rogue worker. That’s how they obtained so many individuals on the identical time.”
Founder and CEO of the Altcoin Buzz YouTube channel Shash Gupta added that they observed one thing was amiss at round 1 AM Singapore time on Sunday night time when an unauthorized video was posted to their channel.
“It’s fairly unclear what occurred. I’m speaking to Youtube to get to know the matter and keep away from such additional breaches.”
One other crypto YouTuber Richard Coronary heart tweeted at 9:30PM UTC that his channel had been banned through the center of a livestream, indicating that YouTube was in all probability conscious of the occasion.
Howdy once more @YouTubecreators My channel was simply banned in the midst of a livestream. I believe it might need to do with all the different youtubers that had been hacked on the identical time immediately. Might you test please, thanks! @YouTube @YouTube
— Richard Coronary heart PulseX.com! Referred to as the Bitcoin high! (@RichardHeartWin) January 23, 2022
Cointelegraph reached out to YouTube and numerous different crypto content material creators who had been affected by the hack however had not acquired any further info on the time of writing.