Linus Sebastian releases statement following Linus Media Group Hacks

Expect a more detailed update from Linus on The WAN Show in the future

Linus Sebastian releases statement following Linus Media Group Hacks

Linus Sebastian responds to Linus Media Group YouTube account hacks

Update - Linus Media Group has regained control of their YouTube channels and has released a new video on the topic. Read more about it here.


 

Following the hacking to the Linus Tech Tips YouTube channel and the subsequent hacks of the Tech Quickie and TechLinked YouTube channels earlier today, Linus Sebastian, the owner and operator of Linus Media Group, has released the following statement on Floatplane regarding the attack. 

    Regarding the YouTube channel hack, we are now on top of it with Google's team now. Everything should be locked down and we are getting to the bottom of the attack vector with the (hopeful) goal of hardening their security around YouTube accounts and preventing this sort of thing from happening to anyone in the future. 

You can expect a more detailed update on WAN show at some point in the future. Not sure if it'll happen this week since this is still a developing situation. 

Good news is that you can expect to get your LTT fix on Floatplane as usual. 

Today multiple YouTube channels from Linus Media Group were attacked by hackers who utilised the reach of of the organisation's YouTube channels to promote a cryptocurrency scam, using the Tesla brand name and imagery of Elon Musk to direct viewers to a website where users could get scammed. 

These types of YouTube hacks and cryptocurrency scams are all too common on YouTube, with most of these scams using the concept of a crypto giveaway to entice victims into sending cryptocurrency to scammers. The scammers claim that users will be sent more money in return than they send to the scammers, a promise that is not kept. Our advice is to avoid any kind of crypto giveaway, and to keep an eye open for scammers on YouTube.

It looks like Linus Media Group and YouTube are on their way towards restoring the Linus Tech Tips YouTube channel and other affected channels. Hopefully, this hack will result in a hardening of YouTube's security mechanisms and prevent similar hacks from occurring in the future. 

Linus Sebastian releases statement following Linus Media Group Hacks

For the sake of Linus Media Group's employees and Linus himself, we hope that these problems can be resolved quickly. We also hope that this hack will finally make YouTube wake up to the apparent security issues on their platform, as this has not been the first time that a high profile YouTuber has been targeted by this kind of hack.

You can join the discussion on Linus Media Group's YouTube channel hacks on the OC3D Forums.  

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24-03-2023, 07:47:38

Peace
From what I've read on Reddit, this scheme of hacks has been going on for years already and YouTube doesn't seem to really care...Quote

24-03-2023, 12:36:45

Gothmoth
wonder what kind of security experts work for linus that youtube needs to work with THEM. Quote

24-03-2023, 12:47:15

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by Peace Ð View Post
From what I've read on Reddit, this scheme of hacks has been going on for years already and YouTube doesn't seem to really care...
In fairness it is not a Youtube issue is it? It's malware that steals your cookies. Not much Youtube can do about that.Quote

24-03-2023, 18:11:53

Dawelio
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
In fairness it is not a Youtube issue is it? It's malware that steals your cookies. Not much Youtube can do about that.
Sure they can, it's their own platform.

Feels like you're giving to much cred to Youtube.

Should be some kind of security measure in place, when the channel name and picture changes. Several random streams, about something that the channel normally doesn't cover gets streamed. And the fact that several videos from that channel got deleted and even other sub channels related to that channel also got deleted basically at the same time. That should set off the alarms over at Youtube.Quote

24-03-2023, 21:42:49

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by Dawelio View Post
Sure they can, it's their own platform.

Feels like you're giving to much cred to Youtube.

Should be some kind of security measure in place, when the channel name and picture changes. Several random streams, about something that the channel normally doesn't cover gets streamed. And the fact that several videos from that channel got deleted and even other sub channels related to that channel also got deleted basically at the same time. That should set off the alarms over at Youtube.
Why would I not give cred to Youtube? Firstly it is pretty much all I watch (ads and sponsors blocked and removed of course) and secondly it has made many a talentless boring idiot rich. Which is good in my books, because some of the channels on there are superb. Well, the ones that are not talentless boring idiots of course.

This is quite possibly an exploit in the browser. In fact, it is. But what can you do about that? it exploits the entire design of every single modern browser out there dude.

Edit. I will tell you the fix. Don't open random suspicious PDFs. You wouldn't do it from a dodgy Amazon You'rea account is susssspendid. Would you?

The fact is it was the usual way of hacking someone. On their capitalist greed. It was an email promising a sponsor and money.Quote
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