Scammers hijacked Apple’s conference and iPhone 14 launch to broadcast an old interview with Tim Cook. Purpose: Push users to a cryptocurrency scam site. And they obviously succeeded, since nearly 70,000 users connected to the fake stream in question.
Like every year at the same time, Apple held its big conference last night dedicated to the launch of the new iPhone 14. And like every year, or almost, the Keynote was punctuated by an interview with the current CEO of the company, Tim Cook. Something to inspire some scammers, who did not hesitate to use an old video of the general manager of Apple by diverting it, in order to spreading a cryptocurrency scam attempt.
A huge number of YouTube users have fallen for it. A fake stream titled “Apple Event Live. Ceo of Apple Tim Cook: Apple & Metaverse in 2022” was viewed by several tens of thousands of people around the world. Taken from an interview with CNN and from 2018, the video features the Bitcoin and Ethereum logos overlaid, while the CNN Money logo is overlaid with the text “Apple Crypto Event 2022”.
70,000 people simultaneously viewed a fake Apple stream during the Keynote
Therefore, by clicking on the YouTube channel that broadcasts this fake stream, we come across a page that has absolutely nothing to do with Apple or CNN. It is actually an infrequent cryptocurrency site. The deception, discovered by one of our colleagues from The Verge, was quickly deleted by YouTube. On the other hand, the most worrying thing is that the journalist came across this stream because it appeared at the top of YouTube’s suggestions. And he is not the only one to have been had, since according to him, nearly 70,000 people connected at the same time on this fake page.
The journalist also explains that he came across another channel of the same ilk, but which claimed to broadcast an event with Tim Cook and Elon Musk. It was actually a 2015 interview with Elon Musk and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. The video was also removed by YouTube. So be wary if you regularly watch live events on YouTube. Always take a look at the channel originating this broadcast and try several searches. If other streams have more people online at the same time (in this case, the Apple Keynote had over 1.5 million users), then there’s probably a wolf somewhere.
Source: The Verge