Journalists Bleeping Computer warnedthat recently scammers captured three YouTube channels, gave them new names associated with SpaceX, and then launched fake "broadcasts" with Ilon Mask, during which they conducted fictitious distributions of bitcoins. Thus, the attackers lured users more than $ 150,000 in cryptocurrency in just two days.
For many years, various fraudsters from time to time impersonate 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.
Journalists are now reporting that recently unknown attackers have cracked channels Juice tv, Right human and MaximSakulevich, and then renamed them to SpaceX Live and SpaceX. One of the stolen channels had 230,000 subscribers, and the other – 131,000 subscribers. In this case, the real SpaceX YouTube Channel has 4.33 million users.
All captured channels broadcast interviews and various speeches by Elon Musk or the SpaceX conference, presenting these records as live streams. On such streams, fraudsters advertised fake distributions of bitcoins and asked viewers to send them a small amount of cryptocurrency in order to participate in the distribution and get already doubled the amount back.
Unfortunately, scammers got a lot of users. Bleeping Computer writes that approximately 80,000 people watched one of the broadcasts, and starting from June 8, 2020, scammers managed to “earn” approximately 150,000 dollars in bitcoins in this way.
So, one channel asked users to send bitcoins to the address 1ELonMUSK14JSGNYAcPJNqubuFByZPyjcj. As you can see, scammers received more than 30 transfers totaling 5.51 BTC. This amount is equivalent to 53,600 US dollars at the current exchange rate.
Another channel used an address 3EtrSPskMRgwEEE9onLdmwcAFqaH9jj9rM and was even more successful than the first: 85 transactions totaling 11.25 BTC, that is, 109 606 US dollars, were received at this address.
Currently, all three hacked channels have already been 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 that they will send.