There is a criminal organization that is attacking the YouTube channels of highly influential people. YouTubers like TPResurrection, Alfredo Valenzuela, Front Page Tech were hacked in order to create one of the biggest scams today. The problem is that many YouTubers continue to fall for this scam, and at the moment Team Youtube does not find a way to stop this attack.
Scammers currently continue to contact YouTubers who have a large audience on their channel in order to hack them. Last week these scammers tried to hack the channel of YouTuber Victor Díaz known as “MarcianoTech” who has an audience of more than two million followers on his channel.
However, the famous YouTuber had been warned of the situation and was not deceived. On the contrary, he set them a trap making them believe that he would be his next victim, all to find out how these hackers attack and to expose the scam to the YouTube community. The scam is complex and is divided into two parts. First, they attack the YouTuber's channel and then they scam the audience.
The Scam To YouTubers
The YouTuber says that he received an email multiple times apparently from Filmora, a Wandershare video editor frequently used by vloggers and YouTubers for video editing, and he responded to one of his emails giving them his phone number to talk on WhatsApp. Here’s the conversation:
Victor continued the conversation with the apparent Filmora employee telling him that he has multiple channels, not just MarcianoTech, which has more than two million followers and has access to all those channels. Furthermore, he asked if Filmora is working with his little nephew to which the scammer replied that he did not know, claiming that he was a new employee of Filmora. The conversation continues:
The scammer tells Victor that they’re “prepared to spend” $15.000 on him. Also, they tell him that they are going to launch “Filmora 11” soon, that they will provide the complete program for free with its license, and that they need him to show this new version to his community on YouTube through an advertisement between 35 to 60 seconds, and once the video is ready they will pay him in advance.
Victor tells them that he accepts the deal and is willing to work with Filmora. Obviously, he is aware of everything from the beginning, the idea is to waste the scammer’s time.
The deal was done, now was the time to act. The scammers sent him the complete “Filmora 11” program to install on her computer so that she could edit videos and make the announcement. Victor then proceeded to “factory reset” his laptop, thus eliminating any possibility that valuable content that might be inside his computer could be stolen, and subsequently installed “Filmora 11”
It is curious that they also send him a “video example” of how the program works, but it turns out to be a screen saver that, when installed, turns the screen completely black, hiding whatever is happening inside the computer.
The file called “Filmora 11” turns out to be a program where the sender is given access to remotely access to your computer. The “video example” causes your screen saver to be activated and the computer goes black, pretending that it is turned off and hiding the hack that is being done inside the computer.
Somehow the hackers got Victor’s IP address and with the program installed they were ready to hack, they just had to wait for the right moment. Victor already suspected this, since he says that there were two programs that he had previously installed and they were no longer on the computer.
In addition, Victor writes to the scammer on WhatsApp and tells him that the program does not work, to which he replies to wait a moment that they will contact “technical support”.
At the end of the day, MarcianoTech writes to the scammer that he is going to sleep soon because he has had a long day, implying that he will not be on the computer and that it is the perfect opportunity to hack his YouTube channel. While communicating with the scammer via WhatsApp, another Youtuber named “Andrés Perfume” fell into the trap and his channel was hacked. We will return to this point in a moment.
In the following minutes, the hack to MarcianoTech occurred. They accessed his laptop remotely and began trying to access his channel. The hacker went to the Google search engine and typed “YouTube Stream Key” in order to access the YouTube channel. The hacker managed to access the account verifier and finally enter the Channel Panel.
Finally, the hacker accessed the channel ready to start the fake live broadcast on the MarcianoTech channel. What the hacker did not expect is that he had fallen into the trap. It was a completely new channel, with no followers, zero publications, and no relation whatsoever to actual MarcianoTech emails or data. Victor had fully recorded and disclosed how these scammers operate.
Victor immediately cut off the internet and took the hacker off his server. He had it red-handed. He sent him a message on WhatsApp and told him that he had all the proof on how they operate. They messed with the wrong YouTuber. Game Over. You can watch the attack (minute 17:42) in MarcianoTech’s video right at the end of this article.
But this is not all. Let’s go back to the point where the YouTuber Andrés Perfume was being hacked.
Perfume And The Scam To The Audience
So… While MarcianoTech was talking with the scammer via WhatsApp, another Youtuber named “Andrés Perfume” fell into the trap and his channel was hacked. What happened? All of their content was deleted and the channel was renamed “Cathie Wood” and the hackers began broadcasting a live video. This is where the scam for the audience begins.
The scam to the audience consists in that a live video of the YouTuber’s channel to which you are subscribed will appear on the YouTube home page, as is the case of Andrés Perfume, without knowing that it is this YouTuber’s channel, since they have hacked their page and deleted all its content, and in its place a video will appear where the follower is made to believe that they are watching a “live” video about famous investors such as Cathie Wood, the investor who contradicted Wall Street about Tesla and beat them, talking about investing in her website buying Bitcoins or cryptocurrencies at ridiculously low prices or auctioned. The scam involves giving payment information such as your credit card number, making you believe that you are investing in cryptocurrencies when what they are really doing is stealing all your money. You can watch the actual scam (minute 15:30) in MarcianoTech’s video at the end of this article.
However, although MarcianoTech has managed to film the “modus operandi” of these scammers, today the hacking of many YouTubers and their community continues. We must stop this massive attack and inform everyone about it. And until YouTube does something it will be very difficult to stop it so what remains is to report. If you have a YouTube channel or someone you know has a YouTube channel, share this information.
P.S.: Currently the channel of the youtubers mentioned above have been recovered.
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