Linus Tech Tips hacked by crypto scammers
The popular YouTube channel Linus Tech Tips, which boasts a subscriber count of 15.3 million, has fallen prey to hackers who have replaced its tech hardware evaluations with videos promoting cryptocurrency scams.
This is the latest in a series of high-profile YouTube accounts being compromised, with hackers renaming well-known accounts and live-streaming cryptocurrency fraud videos. Linus Tech Tips hacked news has become a growing concern in the tech industry.
How was Linus Tech Tips hacked? Yesterday morning, the main Linus Tech Tips channel was hacked, with many live videos being broadcast before the hacker began releasing previously private videos to the public.
The account was subsequently suspended while YouTube staff members worked to regain control. Techquickie and TechLinked, two other Linus Media Group YouTube accounts, were also compromised and renamed with a Tesla focus.
Linus Sebastian posted the following video on his Youtube channel:
Although it is currently unclear how Linus Tech Tips was hacked, owner Linus Sebastian has acknowledged the issue on the Linus Tech Tips Twitter account, stating that the business is working with Google to get to the bottom of the attack and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
Sebastian has promised to discuss more specifics on the business’ podcast in the coming weeks. In the meantime, he mentioned this hacking as his ''worst tech fail''.
— Linus Tech Tips (@LinusTech) March 23, 2023
Hackers of the channel started two live streams featuring an Elon Musk photo
The hackers behind the recent Linus Tech Tips YouTube channel breach have been using the account to live stream fraudulent cryptocurrency promotions. Two of the streams featured videos of Elon Musk discussing crypto with Twitter's co-founder, and were titled "OpenAI ChatGPT-4: The Game-Changing AI Technology" and "LinusTechTips & Elon Musk Special Crypto Giveaway." The latter stream was taken down by YouTube after only 20 minutes of broadcasting, while the former lasted for 35 minutes before being taken down.
The malicious actors behind the breach have been engaging in a cat-and-mouse game with YouTube, as the videos were taken down and then put back up again. Both streams contained identical videos, with the only difference being a link in the chat section that directed viewers to a likely phishing site. It is believed that the hackers are attempting to obtain cryptocurrency wallet information from unsuspecting viewers.
This technique used by hackers is not new. Opera has previously warned YouTubers about hackers targeting major Youtube channels and trying to steal personal information about you with different links to promotional emails about their new browser Opera GX.Advertisement