Online Scam: If you take 'knowledge' from YouTube videos, then be careful, you can become the next target of hackers...
In the year 2023, Artificial Intelligence i.e. AI has become very much discussed. Since the popularity of ChatGPT, more and more people are using AI tools. Meanwhile, there is also bad news. Actually, hackers have an eye on every popular content. In such a situation, this time a new online scam has come to the fore, where hackers are using AI-generated YouTube videos to trick people into downloading malware.
According to IT security intelligence company CloudSEK, since November last year, there has been a 200-300 percent increase on a monthly basis for videos on YouTube that include links to data-stealing malware. These include malware such as Vidar, RedLine, and Raccoon. These links are present in the description of the video.
The company has informed that in these videos it is pretended that there is a tutorial to download cracked versions of Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Autodesk 3ds Max, AutoCAD, and other products.
These tutorial videos usually contain video recordings or audio walkthroughs of the steps required to download and install the software. The report states that there has been an increase in the use of AI-generated videos from platforms such as Synthesia and D-ID used in tutorial videos.
There are humans in these videos who seem more familiar and relatable. Also, these videos are generated for different languages and platforms (Twitter, YouTube, Instagram). So that the victims get caught in the trap of 'fake' authenticity. This malware steal sensitive information from the system such as passwords, credit card details, bank account numbers and other confidential data.
But, how do hackers steal data? Actually, these AI-generated videos ask users to download and install software from fake websites. When users are sure that this video is authentic. Then the users go to that website and download the dangerous software.
As soon as the software is installed in the system. After that they steal the data from the computer and upload it to the attacker's command and control server. In fact, YouTube has 2.5 billion active monthly users worldwide and this platform is especially popular for tutorials.