10 Jun 2020

Fake SpaceX YouTube channels scam viewers out of $150K in bitcoin

Three YouTube channels have been hijacked by scammers to display bitcoin scams that impersonate Elon Musk’s legitimate SpaceX channel. The three hacked pages have collected almost $150,000 in bitcoin over the past two days. Scammers have frequently been impersonating Elon Musk and SpaceX to perform fraudulent “cryptocurrency giveaways” and other

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03 Jun 2020

YouTube channel access in high demand on hacker forums

Cybersecurity researchers have noted a high demand for stolen Youtube credentials on various dark web hacking and cybercrime forums, where stolen passwords are often sold in bulk. Sellers often advertise large lists of verified credentials, boasting subscriber count. Researchers state that cybercriminals buying these credentials often have two goals, to

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06 Dec 2019

YouTube Is Easiest Platform To Manipulate, NATO Advisers Find

The NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence bought social media engagement for 105 posts across various platforms for a three month period, which costed a total of $333 for 3,500 comments, 25,000 likes, 20,000 views, and 5,000 followers. The companies they bought from was composed of 11 Russian and 5

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24 Sep 2019

Massive wave of account hijacks hits YouTube creators

As part of an ongoing coordinated hacking campaign, threat actors have recently taken over several popular YouTube creator accounts, including a number of channels tailoring to the car community. The attackers seem to be targeting channel owners with phishing messages that lead to fake Google websites where victims are asked

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05 Sep 2019

Google and YouTube part with $170 million to settle alleged violations of kid’s privacy

Google and YouTube have agreed to pay $170 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and New York Attorney General over the tech firms’ alleged violations of the privacy of children. The FTC and New York Attorney General have accused YouTube and its parent

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05 Jul 2019

YouTube Hacking Video Ban Sparks Outrage

A YouTube policy banning “instructional hacking and phishing” videos sparked outrage in the infosec community on Thursday after the website gave the prominent Null Byte YouTube channel a strike, preventing a researcher with the channel from uploading an educational cybersecurity video. Various security researchers have ran into this issue since

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