September 21, 2023

Fraudsters stream on YouTube on behalf of Ilon Mask

Bleeping Computer reporters warned that scammers recently captured three YouTube channels, gave them new names, related to SpaceX and then launchedfake "broadcasts" with Ilon Mask, during which fictitious distributions of bitcoins were carried out. Thus, the attackers lured users more than $ 150,000 in cryptocurrency in just two days.

For many years, different scammers from time to timeposing as Ilona Mask and SpaceX, thereby covering up their malicious activities. In particular, criminals like to hold fake distributions of cryptocurrencies on behalf of Mask, promising huge profits to users if they first send them some bitcoins.

Reporters now report that recentlyunknown attackers hacked Juice TV, Right Human, and MaximSakulevich, and then renamed them SpaceX Live and SpaceX. One of the stolen channels had 230,000 subscribers, and the other - 131,000 subscribers. At the same time, the real SpaceX channel on YouTube has 4.33 million users.

All captured channels broadcast interviews andvarious performances by Elon Musk or the SpaceX conference, passing off these recordings as live streams. On such streams, fraudsters advertised fake distributions of bitcoins and asked the audience to send them a small amount of cryptocurrency in order to participate in the distribution and get back already doubled the amount.

Unfortunately, the scammers fell formany users. Bleeping Computer writes that one of the broadcasts was watched by approximately 80,000 people, and starting from June 8, 2020, the scammers managed to “earn” approximately $ 150,000 in Bitcoin this way.

So, one channel asked users to sendbitcoins to the address 1ELonMUSK14JSGNYAcPJNqubuFByZPyjcj. As you can see, the scammers received over 30 transfers totaling 5.51 BTC. This amount is equivalent to $ 53,600 at the current exchange rate.

Another channel used the address 3EtrSPskMRgwEEE9onLdmwcAFqaH9jj9rM and was even more successful than the first one: 85 transactions were received at this address for a total of 11.25 BTC, that is, $ 109,606.

Currently, all three hacked channels are alreadywere deleted or blocked, and journalists once again remind users of the "golden rule" - to avoid any distribution of cryptocurrency and promotions if their organizers promise to double (triple, and so on) any amount sent to them.