NordVPN’s cybersecurity experts have discovered a scam in which hackers are targeting YouTube content creators by impersonating our brand. A dedicated team is working to track down the imposters and shut down the attack. Here’s what we know so far.
Dec 21, 2020 · 2 min read
Scammers pretending to be NordVPN employees or representatives have sent phishing emails to video creators offering to collaborate. Once the perpetrators establish contact with the YouTuber victims, they push them to download a fake app with malware and to offer the malware to their users.
The scammers have even created fake websites, such as nordguards.com and norddefender.com, to take advantage of content creators. There might also be other fake domains that haven't been discovered yet.
We’ve also received reports of fraudulent Google ads redirecting users to fake landing pages that contain malware. NordVPN's cybersecurity team is working to verify these claims.
If you think you might be at risk, you should immediately contact our support team via live chat on our website (nordvpn.com) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can verify whether you were contacted by NordVPN representatives or by imposters.
We are working to shut down the fake domains, track down the imposters, and stop them. However, we ask you to stay vigilant and spread awareness about the scam so other creators and their fans don’t fall into the trap.
NordVPN is taking all the necessary precautions to stop the scam. We will update this post if we discover any other relevant information.