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Hackers target YouTube channels in Japan as online fraud cases rise

By Ryota Sumi

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So these people were “hacked” by willingly giving their account information to randoms they did not know by responding to emails in a different language… they got what they were asking for.

Phishing emails are one of the oldest scams on the internet. Sucks they got got but come on, common sense internet safety folks. Don’t open/click links in random emails you don’t know or look suspicious. Especially if they ask your account info

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Not hacking but phishing, and the "mistake" is intentional because it is wanted that the public merge the two so that the public will just support what they are told to support. Welcome to 1984 which has become less of a warning and more of a manual.

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As was already mentioned by others, this is Phishing scams, NOT "hacking". The owners of the channels GAVE their private info to phishing sites out of ignorance, naivety or simple greed.

So, you followed a stranger who promised "more money" (basically), and went to their website AND entered your private info? You were fooled. You fell for it.

Did "Canon" suddenly promise someone something, and did greedy YouTuber VOLUNTEER their private info to get something for nothing? You didn't get nothing, but what you got was SCAMMED.

Happens all the time in the West. People will continue to fall for these shenanigans until they learn not to trust absolute strangers promising them things online.

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The article is about people who upload videos to YouTube.

Not people who may just watch videos.

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I have never login in to YouTube. Never need to, to watch videos by Mark Felton. Am l missing something?

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Having a good pw won't prevent fishing if you enter a fishing site. Another problem is not all websites support two way authentication and if it is supported than often standard disabled.

The easiest way is never to click on links but enter the website manually if you receive something. This need to be promoted better to people because now it is just clicking on everything without verifying the source.

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Agree with some commenters above.

This is not been hacked. This is phishing.

Do not enter your Youtube, IG, Amazon, etc into other websites, unless you know for sure those other websites are legit.

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Whatever security is in place some people will always be caught.

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And how about the shocking number of scams for crypto currency using fake accounts of famous people on Facebook? And the rampant selling of fake brand goods too? Surprised it never comes up as a news topic!

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The examples given betray a complete lack of even basic cybersecurity knowledge, which seems strange for people that are using youtube so frequently, something that would require at least a little bit of experience using online services and their risks.

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And your comment is again meaningless.

On topic in Japan there is almost no preventive information accept some banks who try to inform customers.

It would be time that Japan put more educational and prevention information to people.

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You can only enter a password manager with a master password which is unknown to the manager and not kept anywhere except in your head. If a site is hacked they only can get a single password. On important sites I also use two-factor. When a site is hacked I'm quickly informed by my password manager.

I am experienced enough to recognize any scam websites/emails and in 30 years I have never been caught.

Still, care is always required and nothing is 100%.

My password manager changes my passwords monthly. Most are 26 characters and it would take billions of years to crack.

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Use a strong and separate password for every site used. And use a password manager.

Does any of that prevent you from entering your strong and separate passwords onto a scam website? Just wondering...

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Unaware he was being scammed, Okawa was led to an illicit website where he proceeded to enter his account ID and password.

This has nothing to do with "hacking". This is usually called "phishing", and can easily be avoided by ignoring scam messages. Totally misleading headline.

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Whenever this kind of article is published, there are always comments about the fax situation in Japan. However, there are surveys showing that the fax usage rates in the U.S. and Germany are higher than that in Japan.

Japan: approx. 60%, U.S.: approx. 70%, Germany: approx. 80%.



Sorry for the Japanese articles.

According to the article, more than one-third of the German companies use faxes "frequently" or "very frequently". After all, it seems that countries that have long been developed countries continue to use it.

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Use a strong and separate password for every site used. And use a password manager.

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Still safe it they were just using fax.

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