Thousands of major YouTube accounts have been hacked this weekend in a coordinated campaign. Influencers in the car community seem to have been particularly targeted. Even if you not a YouTube user this is interesting because of the way it was done. It appears that there was a coordinated phishing campaign of emails to lure victims to fake Google login pages where their passwords etc. were harvested. The hackers then use those details to login and reassign those popular channels to new owners. Some of those channels have over a million followers and are big money makers for their owners. According to Kaspersky Lab phishing attempts grew by 95% in 2018.
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Tips and Advice
- Keeping your account safe – Ensure that you have 2 factor authentication activated, this is not bullet proof but much increases security
- From who? – Who does it actually come from, click on the sender to check, it’s not fool proof, but it catches a lot
- Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are sharing it with, and certainly not PIN numbers!
- Account Recovery – Google account recovery to start the process
- Report it – to Google go to https://support.google.com/mail/contact/abuse?hl=en
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
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- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool
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