Main PC tech YouTube channel Linus Tech Suggestions has been hacked and is unavailable on the time of publishing. From the occasions which have unfolded, it appears like hackers gained entry to the YouTube creator dashboard for numerous LTT channels. After publishing some rip-off movies and streams, management of the account was regained by the rightful house owners, solely to fall once more to the hackers. Now the channels are all throwing up 404 pages.
Hackers who took over the LTT most important channel, in addition to related channels reminiscent of Tech Quickie, Tech Linked and maybe others, have been clearly motivated by the chance to take advantage of money from over 15 million subscribers.
Among the many spammy movies the hackers shortly began to stream, have been promotions for Bitcoin giveaways seemingly backed by the likes of Elon Musk and Tesla. The Bitcoin giveaway rip-off seemed to be phishing for folks to disclose their crypto pockets particulars, reassured by a giant model like LTT and Tesla. You may see within the photos that the channel names and logos have been additionally edited by hackers, altering channels to ‘Tesla’ or ‘LinusTechTipsTemp’.
This story continues to be creating, and whereas that is unlucky for LTT, the truth that the channels are locked down suggests regular service might be resumed in the end. We have now heard complaints about YouTube safety over latest weeks, with at the least one well-known tech channel complaining about potential exploits within the feedback part. Much more severely, the eTeknix channel was hacked a number of weeks in the past, however has now been absolutely restored.
Absolutely some persons are very busy within the background at each LTT and YouTube, with channel proprietor Linus Sebastian tweeting a barely exasperated assertion “Sure I do know -_-”.
Extra revealing info was launched to the LTT Floatplane channel (pay wall), with Sebastian stating that all the pieces is now “locked down,” and that LTT is working with Google’s staff to assist guarantee this type of hack isn’t going to turn into extra widespread.