Cyber threat actors are utilizing YouTube videos containing content related to cracked software as a means to entice users into downloading Lumma, an information-stealing malware, warns Fortinet FortiGuard Labs researcher Cara Lin. These videos, often featuring guides for installing cracked applications, incorporate malicious URLs, frequently shortened using services like TinyURL and Cuttly.
This method, previously observed in delivering various types of malware, including stealers, clippers, and crypto miners, allows threat actors not only to compromise machines for information and cryptocurrency theft but also to exploit resources for illicit mining. In the latest documented attack by Fortinet, users searching for cracked versions of legitimate video editing tools, such as Vegas Pro, on YouTube are prompted to click on a link in the video’s description, leading to the download of a bogus installer hosted on MediaFire.
The YouTube lure technique is not a novel approach, as cybercriminals have employed similar attack chains in the past, taking advantage of users seeking pirated software. By presenting deceptive installation guides and concealing malicious URLs within the video descriptions, threat actors exploit user curiosity to spread malware.
The compromised machines become vulnerable to various forms of exploitation, enabling cybercriminals to not only steal sensitive information and cryptocurrency but also to harness the compromised resources for illicit mining activities. Fortinet’s analysis underscores the persistent and evolving nature of cyber threats, emphasizing the importance of user vigilance and cybersecurity measures to mitigate the risks associated with such deceptive tactics.