Be extra careful by clicking on links in the description and comments sections of YouTube videos.
Hackers now use YouTube videos to spread information-stealing malware such as Raccoon, RedLine, and Vidar. According to a researcher at CloudSEK, these videos pretend to be tutorials on downloading cracked versions of software such as Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Autodesk 3ds Max, AutoCAD, and other licensed products available only to paid users. Hackers lure users into clicking on these videos, which contain links to stealer malware in the description section.
These links are often obfuscated (concealed) using URL shorteners like Bitly and Cuttly or hosted on MediaFire, Google Drive, Discord, GitHub, and Telegram’s Telegra.ph. Hackers also hijack legitimate YouTube accounts to push the malware, often targeting popular accounts to reach a large audience quickly.
Once in control of the YouTube accounts, the hackers add fake comments to the uploaded videos to entice users into downloading the cracked software. When the victim clicks on the link, they can instantly infect their device with malware, which can steal their passwords and even empty their bank accounts, depending on the strain.
To stay safe, I recommend the following:
- Check the website link using Incognito’s Website Checker before clicking on it to ensure it’s safe. Incognito will tell you in seconds if it is safe or not. Simple 🙂
- Avoid downloading or using pirated software, especially for licensed products such as Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Autodesk 3ds Max, AutoCAD, and other similar products.
- Be cautious of obfuscated links, especially those using URL shorteners, or hosted on MediaFire, Google Drive, Discord, GitHub, and Telegram’s Telegra.ph.
- Keep Incognito fully updated on your device and install and keep your antivirus software up-to-date
- Enable multi-factor authentication on all accounts and devices.
If you suspect you’ve fallen victim to Infostealer malware, immediately disconnect your device from the internet and contact the Privacy Care Team.
Remember, don’t hesitate to contact our team if you have any specific concerns or questions regarding this issue.
Please share this tip far and wide.
All the best,
Incognito Privacy Care Team.