Cybercriminals are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to carry out hacking attacks. A new report has revealed that hackers are using AI-generated YouTube videos to distribute malware and steal confidential information. IT security intelligence firm CloudSEK has reported a 200-300% surge in AI-generated videos containing links to steal malware like Raccoon, RedLine, and Vidar in their descriptions.

YouTube is an attractive platform for hackers to target, with over 2.5 billion active users. Hackers often present the videos as tutorials that offer free, cracked versions of popular software like Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro, Autodesk 3ds Max, and AutoCAD. When a viewer clicks on the video and seeks links to download the software, they are directed to the description section, where malicious links are pasted.

The hackers have evolved from screen recording or audio walkthroughs to AI-generated videos, using tools like Synthesia and D-ID. These AI-generated videos often feature human faces that increase familiarity and trustworthiness, playing on viewers’ psychology. Once a user clicks on the malicious link, infostealers software installs on their system, stealing sensitive data like credit card numbers, bank account information, passwords, and other private data. The attackers then upload the harvested data to their Command and Control server, enabling them to misuse the data.

It is crucial to stay vigilant while using YouTube and other social media platforms. Avoid clicking on unfamiliar links, and only download software from reputable sources. By staying alert and practicing caution, you can prevent falling victim to cyber attacks that use AI-generated YouTube videos to steal your confidential data.

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