On the day of Apple’s iPhone 14 announcement, someone on Youtube was live streaming an old video of Apple CEO Tim Cook to attract viewers to a crypto scam.
The live stream had many signs of being fake, including a strange title, “Apple Event Live. Ceo of Apple Tim Cook: Apple & Metaverse in 2022.”
The live stream was attracting attention by filling its title and description with Apple keywords. Upon opening it, it was filled with odd messages linking to a shady-looking crypto site.
The live stream was actually showing an old interview of Tim Cook with CNN in 2018. Bitcoin and Ethereum logos were added to the video stream. Even the CNN Money logo was covered with the text “Apple Crypto Event 2022”, and added bold text reading “URGENT NEWS” at the bottom.
If you clicked the channel’s (APPLE LIVE) page which was streaming the video, the URL didn’t have anything to do with Apple. The fake stream had as many as 70K viewers at one time.
The stream was later removed by Youtube for violating its terms of service.
The bogus live stream was clearly a fake and it took place when there was a major spotlight on the company due to its latest iPhone 14 announcement.
This misleading stream seemed to be an attempt to trick people who were aware that Apple was having a big day but did not know exactly what was going on.
Another similar live stream was found on a separate (and also sketchy) channel claiming it was “Apple Inc”. The stream claimed to be an event about Apple and the Metaverse, featuring Tim Cook and Elon Musk. However, it was actually repurposing an interview about Bitcoin with Musk and Block leader Jack Dorsey.
This live stream saw as many as 10,000 viewers and also linked to a sketchy-looking crypto site in the chat. This stream has been removed by Youtube as well.