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Bitcoin scammers created a fake livestream for Apple's MacBook Pro launch event that garnered over 30,000 views

Instead of the new MacBook Pro, viewers of a fake livestream were confronted with a crypto scam that targeted their Bitcoin assets (Image: Executium)
Instead of the new MacBook Pro, viewers of a fake livestream were confronted with a crypto scam that targeted their Bitcoin assets (Image: Executium)
With a relatively simple but faked YouTube livestream for Apple's MacBook Pro launch event, ruthless crypto scammers targeted impatient Apple fans and their valuable bitcoins.

Crypto scammers have targeted Apple fans who could not wait for today's Unleashed keynote event that saw the official launch of the new MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 with the impressive looking Apple M1 Pro and Apple M1 Max processors. The scammer's approach was fairly simple, which gives some hope that not many people fell for this clumsy attempt at stealing some bitcoin.

The fake livestream went online way before Apple's official keynote stream started, which is why many impatient Apple fans seem to have tuned in. According to an article by 9to5mac, the YouTube livestream amassed more than 30,000 viewers by cleverly utilizing certain keywords centered around the redesigned MacBook Pro. Even though the YouTube channel itself also looked similar to Apple's official YouTube presence, unsuspecting viewers did not witness the reveal of the new predecessor to the 2020 M1 MacBook Pro (from US$1,179 on Amazon).

Instead, viewers of the fake MacBook Pro launch livestream were urged to send their bitcoin to a certain wallet. In return, they were promised to receive an according amount of the cryptocurrency Ethereum via AirDrop. Unfortunately, people who have fallen for this scam probably won't see their bitcoins ever again. Due to the growing popularity of cryptocurrencies, there seem to be more and more scams that target the bitcoins owned by people who are less careful and would fall for this relatively simple attempt at stealing their valuable crypto assets.

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Enrico Frahn
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My fascination for technology goes back a long way to the Pentium II era. Modding, overclocking and treasuring computer hardware has since become an integral part of my life. As a student, I further developed a keen interest in mobile technologies that can make the stressful college life so much easier. After I fell in love with the creation of digital content while working in a marketing position, I now scour the web to bring you the most exciting topics in the world of tech. Outside the office, I’m particularly passionate about motorsports and mountain biking.
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Enrico Frahn, 2021-10-18 (Update: 2021-10-19)