Scammers have cloned several more YouTube viewers into compromising them Bitcoin after hacking several more large verified accounts and posting ‘free giveaway’ videos.
In line with a recent official tweet published on 5th August by Jon Prosser, his Front Page Tech YouTube channel with 262,000 subscribers was hacked by bad actors who changed the name to “NASA [news]” and commenced live streaming a fake Bitcoin [BTC] giveaway video featuring SpaceX’s Elon Musk.
“Hackers have made $4k in Bitcoin thus far,” said Prosser. “YouTube tells me i want to fill out a form and wait ‘a few weeks.’”
Seven years’ worth of Front Page Tech’s videos were deleted by the scammers. YouTube took the channel down roughly two hours after Prosser first noticed the breach, and it remains offline.
Cryptocurrency scammers are targeting YouTube channels for months, impersonating high-profile figures like Musk, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Both Garlinghouse and Wozniak have filed separate lawsuits against the platform.
However, Prosser’s case is worrying as he reported the hackers used a SIM swap attack to realize access to his channel using its 2FA.
The breach comes only a day after Scott Melker, AKA ‘The Wolf of All Streets’, advised the cryptocurrency community to “never use SMS verification as a part of your 2FA,” but rather an authenticator application from a device kept offline.
Offering BTC Giveaways
Prosser’s channel wasn’t even the sole one targeted within the week.
Rod Breslau, a gaming consultant for Sony Music Entertainment, reported earlier on 3rd Aug. several other channels were live streaming similar SpaceX videos offering BTC giveaways.
Talyta Rocha, a “hair influencer” with 155k subscribers, was one among the victims. One channel with 295k subscribers has been allowed to broadcast an Ethereum [ETH] scam video for over an hour as of this reporting time.