Hackers attacked a number of popular cryptocurrency YouTube bloggers and published videos on their behalf with calls to send money. This was reported by the analyst Mr. Whale.
The victims of the attackers, presumably, were channels:
BitBoy Crypto (1.45 million subscribers);
The Moon (553 thousand subscribers);
Crypto Banter (538 thousand subscribers);
MMCrypto (530 thousand subscribers);
Altcoin Buzz (364 thousand subscribers);
CoinMarketCap (344 thousand subscribers);
aantonop (308 thousand subscribers);
Boxmining (268 thousand subscribers);
FloydMayweather (195 thousand subscribers);
Moralis Web3 (60 thousand subscribers).
At the time of writing, ten transfers totaling 2.28 BNB (about $839 at the current exchange rate) were received to the Binance Smart Chain address indicated by the scammers. Of these, 2.2 BNB was sent to another wallet.
The information about the hacking was confirmed by the author of the Boxmining channel. According to him, the account was protected by two-factor authentication.
A Reddit user under the nickname 9Oh8m8 said that the fraudulent video is called ONE WORLD CRYPTOCURRENCY. Viewers are offered to send Ethereum, Binance Coin or USDT and USDC stablecoins ostensibly to receive a new OWCY cryptocurrency.
In January, the owners of the fake YouTube channel of the head of MicroStrategy, Michael Saylor, lured 26 BTC from an unknown user.
In December 2021, attackers hacked the personal Twitter of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and wrote on his behalf about the legalization of bitcoin in the country.
A year earlier, his account was also hacked — then unknown people posted a fake call to transfer funds in cryptocurrency.
Before that, the pages of Elon Musk, Bill Gates and other celebrities were subjected to a large-scale attack. In March 2021, Graham Clark, who committed the hacking, was sentenced to three years in prison with a subsequent probation period.
Recall that in 2021, cryptocurrency scammers earned a record $ 14 billion, according to the analytical company Chainalysis.