While the world still hadn’t recovered from the massive Twitter that shook the world, the hackers seem to be back again, this time targeting one of India’s biggest YouTubers, Ajey Nagar, popularly known as Carryminati, to promote another Bitcoin and Ethereum scam giveaway.
The hackers supposedly broke into Nagar’s channel and started streaming live videos asking the viewers to send Bitcoin and Ethereum to their crypto addresses.
Dubbed Carryislive, it is the second channel of the YouTuber where he mostly streams video games. The channel currently has 6.67 million subscribers, while Nagar’s main channel has a whopping 24 million subscribers.
So far it is unknown whether Nagar’s mainchannel was compromised, but the hackers reportedly streamed one of Nagar’s old charity streams where they changed the video description and added a Bitcoin and an Ethereum address to trick viewers.
The hackers streamed three times, with each stream minutes apart from each other, but interestingly, the streams also showcased old interviews of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, conducted by another renowned tech YouTuber Marcus Brownie.
The other Livestream featured an interview of Ethereum CEO and founder Vitalik Buterin, dubbed Ethereum Earnings Call, which also promoted a fake giveaway that promises to double the funds sent to the shown addresses.
On average, the Carryislive channel gets around 30,000 to 80,000 viewers during every live stream. Considering the fact that it was quite late in the night, around 16 – 20k watched the hacker’s stream.
The hacks are very similar to the ones that shook twitter days back, but this time it looked like the hackers didn’t put much thought into the content they were streaming and how much of it was relevant to the channel they were streaming it from.
However, it feels like the hackers are just trying to put the word out about cryptocurrencies considering the repetitiveness of these scams, even though this is something that isn’t perceived as a good thing.
But it is interesting to note that moments after the streams were live, searches for the terms “Bitcoin” and “Ethereum” saw a massive spike on Google.
Meanwhile, Nagar reached out to YouTube on twitter asking for assistance while #carryminati was trending on twitter:
YouTube swiftly responded to Nagar’s tweet with “We’re really sorry this happened. Mind following us so we can continue with next steps over DM?”
As of now, there are no reports as to how many people were affected by this scam. Some Indian crypto exchanges have already started blacklisting the scammers’ crypto addresses to prevent people from sending BTC to them.
Nagar has also tweeted that he has gained back access to his account:
The Daily Chain has reached out to Carryminati for comments, but he hasn’t responded yet.
YouTube under pressure
The news comes days after YouTube brushed off Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouses’s lawsuit regarding similar problems, citing that it was immune to liability because the content was created by third parties and not the platform itself.
Soon after, the platform found itself amidst another lawsuit being filed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak along with 17 others, about the rising number scammers on YouTube, impersonating famous personalities to defraud crypto users.
These events have put serious pressure on YouTube as the whole world has its eyes on the number on Video streaming platform. It is yet to be seen what the company does to address this crypto situation.