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Stolen YouTube credentials: Increasingly popular in hacking forums


Recently, there has been an increase in their number stolen YouTube credentials sold in hacking forums.

The number of subscribers plays an important role in shaping the price

The criminals in cyberspace have been targeting YouTube channels for a long time.

Some simply break the channels and ask the rightful owner to pay ransom to get them back. YouTube community support is full of complaints users who lost access to their channel and were asked to pay a ransom.

The stolen data comes mainly from infected people computers and Phishing campaigns.

The researchers of the information company IntSights they found what is left increased demand for YouTube credentials in hacking forums and underground markets.

The value of the lists offered with credentials is based on him number of subscribers. For example, the price of credentials for a channel with 200.000 subscribers starts at $ 1.000.

Some hackers have auctioned off 990.000 active YouTube channels, starting at $ 1.500. Whoever pays $ 2.500 wins without even an auction. Sellers move fast and try to make immediate money as victims report the problem and claim access to their accounts.

A total of 687 YouTube accounts, categorized based on the number of subscribers, were available with a starting price of $ 400. Anyone who paid $ 5.000 would get it right away.

Another hacker was selling credentials for 25 YouTube channels. Some of them have over 100.000 subscribers. Prices start at $ 600 (direct sale to anyone who pays $ 2.000).

Social engineering

Etay Maor, CEO of IntSights Security, says the theft of YouTube credentials is probably from a base data with Google credentials and infected computers.

Users reporting a YouTube account breach say that they were deceived and descended maliciously software on their computers.

"They said they were YouTube sponsors and when I tried to visit their site, one was downloaded keylogger / spyware at browser my. They changed the password access They removed my known devices, removed my recovery phone number and my emails in about 2 minutes. Then they tried to blackmail me to send them btc. They threatened to sell my channel if I didn't, "said a YouTube channel owner.

Another victim reported a similar story. In that case, the swindlers said they were asking co-workers.

Maor says that the attacks in the past they were based on advanced phishing campaigns and reverse-proxy toolkits which were beyond the control of the identity of two of its agents Google (2FA).


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