Researcher at MalwareBytes posted in a blog revealing that the online services like Steam, Amazon, iTunes, Skype, and Netflix provide opportunities to hack Facebook accounts and increase Instagram followers.
The researcher said that during their scam survey they picked any of the 10+ options offered results. Some of these choices direct users to a different domain or require more info (usually an email address) or specify certain values from the user as part of the ploy, like how many diamonds would he/she want to be added to their game or how many followers he/she wants to gain.
“The amount of hoop-jumping these scammers want users to do is expected, but remember that the end result is the same: users don’t get what was promised to them. We also found other sites similar to searchcheat[DOT]com, which we implore you, dear Reader, to avoid visiting and sharing,” the researcher added.
They are as follows:
Under the IP address, 192[DOT]95[DOT]42[DOT]205
allsgamino[DOT]info (VT score)
deluxecheat[DOT]com (VT score)
gurucheats[DOT]com (VT score)
pew-gifts[DOT]info – redirects to gurucheats[DOT]com
cardsfree[DOT]net (VT score)
ssundee[DOT]info – redirects to gurucheats[DOT]com
cardsfree[DOT]co (VT score)
freecodes[DOT]co (VT score)
rarecheats[DOT]com – redirects to cardsfree[DOT]net
Under the IP address, 37[DOT]46[DOT]124[DOT]84
giftsforsubs[DOT]com (VT score)
Under the IP address, 79[DOT]96[DOT]145[DOT]251
giftsforsubscribers[DOT]com (VT score)
“It shouldn’t come as a surprise to video subscribers and fans, especially those numbering by the hundreds of thousands, to be targeted and nudged to click generally dodgy links. After all, scammers are also drawn to large crowds because that’s where the money is. That said, users must exercise utmost caution when dealing with links on comments and on profiles,” she said.
The researcher suggested that it was important for Internet personalities to be constantly communicate with their followers regarding fishy links and other potentially harmful content that were posted publicly by shady characters to their channels. Taking their cue from JackSepticEye may be a good place to start.