Scammers have hijacked the Apple conference and iPhone 14 launch to broadcast an old interview with Tim Cook. Purpose: to push users to a fraudulent site with cryptocurrency. And they clearly succeeded, since almost 70,000 users connected to the fake stream in question.
Like every year at the same time, Apple held a big conference last night to launch the new iPhone 14. And like every year or so, the keynote was marked by an interview with the company’s current CEO, Tim Cook. . Something to inspire some of the scammers who didn’t hesitate to use an old Apple CEO video by redirecting it to broadcast an attempted cryptocurrency scam.
A huge number of YouTube users fell for this. A fake stream called “Apple Event Live. Apple CEO Tim Cook: Apple and the Metaverse in 2022” was thus watched by tens of thousands of people around the world. The video, taken from a CNN interview and filmed in 2018, has the Bitcoin and Ethereum logos superimposed, and the text “Apple Crypto Event 2022” is superimposed on the CNN Money logo.
70,000 people watched fake Apple stream at the same time during Keynote
So when we click on the YouTube channel broadcasting this fake stream, we stumble upon a page that has absolutely nothing to do with either Apple or CNN. This is actually an infrequent cryptocurrency site. The hoax, discovered by one of our colleagues at The Verge, was quickly removed by YouTube. On the other hand, what’s most worrying is that the journalist stumbled across this stream because it ended up at the top of YouTube’s offerings. And he wasn’t the only one who got caught, because according to him, almost 70,000 people are connected to this fake page at the same time.
The journalist also explains that he came across another channel of the same kind, but which claimed to be broadcasting 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 has also been taken down by YouTube. So be careful if you watch YouTube live on a regular basis. Always look at the channel this broadcast is coming from and try a few searches. If there are more people on other streams at the same time (in this case, Apple Keynote had over 1.5 million users), then there is probably a wolf somewhere.