Top 15 Biggest Hacks on Youtubers15. Nicole Skyes
This YouTuber has over 2 million subscribers for her content which consists of DIY videos and vlogs. Her hack started out simple, so she did not take immediate action. She received a text message from Twitter, asking that her password be verified. When she attempted to log in she was locked out, but decided to deal with the issue when she had more free time. A few hours after the Twitter incident, she got a call from a blocked number. Someone on the other end was claiming to be with Sprint support and requested that Nicole verify some personal information. She immediately knew something was fishy and called him out for being the hacker. He hung up on her, likely shocked that she had caught on. However, that was not the end of the calamity, as he called right back.
He told her that he had hacked into her cloud, her email and even her computer webcam. He threatened her by saying that he had nude photos of her, both that she had taken herself and that he had taken from her webcam. Nicole knew he was lying and just trying to scare her, because she had no nude photos in her iPhone. The hacker then logged into her Amazon account and spent over 2000 dollars. Nicole was fortunate enough to eventually regain access to all of her accounts. She did learn a major lesson in avoiding hacks, though. She says that now she uses various complex passwords and takes advantage of two step verification.
RedMercy is a popular YouTube gamer and vlogger with over 1 million subscribers. In June 2016 he found himself the victim of a major hack. Poodle Corp is an anonymous group, responsible for a vast majority of serious internet hacks. It’s unclear what the motive for these hacks are, but in RedMercy’s case he lost access to his YouTube account, Twitter account and even his PayPal. Anyone that frequently uses PayPal knows how damaging that could be, the hacker could potentially have obtained RedMercys credit card or bank information.
In additon to this, as common with Poodle Corp hacks, every video title and description on his channel was changed. Luckily for him, he quickly regained access and went back to change everything. An important note that RedMercy had for fans in a video he made about the hack, was to have unique passwords for every account. He admitted that while his passwords were intricate, he had the same password for every active account he used. This was what made the hack so easy to accomplish. Red Mercy also said “I’ve got complex passwords that are different on every account now, so if I get hacked again I don’t know what to do.”
13. The PS4 Hack
Jacksepticeye, Tmartn, VikkStar123 and countless others were all victims of the same hack. Many prefer the PS4 over other consoles and the majority of popular YouTube gamers use it as their exclusive system. From purchased games and credit card information to passwords and addresses; a PS4 account can hold valuable data that anyone would be concerned with having exposed. When a notorious hacker, known as UnderProp, logged into several popular YouTubers PS4 accounts, they were concerned with what information would be leaked. Many of the victims immediately changed passwords to their other accounts, cancelled credit cards and alerted their fans. Lucky for them, UnderProp did not do any extensive damage. For the most part, he just wanted to prove that his hacks were a success. After confirming and flaunting that he had hacked the accounts, he gave full access back to the rightful owners. As you will find later in the list, UnderProp is responsible for a series of hacks. So far he or she has not confessed a motive and usually doesn’t cause much trouble for those he has hacked. Maybe he’s just sending a message that online celebrities should be more protective over their accounts.
The FIFA games are a huge deal in specific counties across the world. Many YouTubers have built entire careers over FIFA commentary or gameplay. KSI is one of the more well-known FIFA YouTubers, with over 16 million subscribers. KSI is considered one of the most influential and profitable online content creators to date. In October 2015, though, that astonishing fame was the exact reason he was the target of hack.
KSI discovered that someone had hacked into his FIFA account, although it’s still unclear who exactly the hacker was. While most thing an online gaming account wouldn’t be that serious of a hack, KSI lost all of his accomplishments and data in the game. Considering he has built an empire on this game, a loss like that was fatal. Luckily E.A reimbursed him and helped him recover his data. This is a great tip for many who thinking their gaming account don’t matter, or won’t be targeted. Of course, this wasn’t the final hack for KSI. He was hacked twice after this, mostly by hackers just wanting to prove that it could be done.
Despite having well over 1 million subscribers, many don’t know this YouTuber by name. A lot of viewers click his videos by accident and subscribe once they realize what’s going on. Thiojoe creates instructional and life hack videos. The joke here is that the hacks don’t work and the videos are more in an effort to troll viewers, much like the well-known work of HowToBasic. The instructions don’t work and often times go horribly wrong. Unlike some other hacks, this one had nothing to do with YouTube or a large hacker group.
The job was actually done by a random, unidentified person in China. The hacker logged into ThioJoes apple account and spent 70 dollars on random apps. Thio Joe spent hours with customer support trying to get control of the situation before it was eventually handled. Thankfully not much damage was done, but we can all sympathize with the inconvenience of arguing with customer support for hours on end.
This YouTuber gamer was hacked so severely that it actually became a meme for a while. S-Sundee was hacked by someone named Parody. Both his YouTube and Twitter accounts were hacked and in a unique circumstance, the hacker posted videos to SSundees channel. In addition to these funny and pointless videos, Parody also tweeted out personal information about SSundee, such as his monthly income, which most YouTubers choose not to share. This YouTuber quickly got things undercontrol and alerted his fans. Of course some major damage had already been done as all of his followers and subscribers knew personal information about him.
9. Niga Higa
This YouTuber has been an active content creator since the early days of YouTube. Ryan Higa, known as Niga Higa, has nearly 20 million subscribers. Such a popular YouTuber being targeted for a hack teaches us that no one is safe. On the brightside, this hack wasn’t as damaging as some others on the list. Ryan’s instagram account was hacked by an unknown hacker, for apparently no reason at all.
Instagram doesn’t have much personal information that the hacker could have been after. It’s safe to assume this was just a move to cause a struggle for Ryan. The hacker deleted every single photo and changed the name of the account. He even went as far as blocking several fellow youtubers, fans and Niga Higa fan accounts. While this wasn’t a positive occurrence, it’s pretty impressive that the hacker managed to delete nearly 2000 photos.
Instagram does not have an option to delete every photo, or even multiple at a time. Clearly this dedicated hacker took the time to delete every photo one by one. No other accounts of Ryans were hacked and it didn’t take long for him to recover from this blow. All in all it was just really inconvenient and rude. Ryan posted a video after the event, where he kept a positive outlook on the situation and thanked his fans for their support and patience.
8. Watch Mojo
This popular list channel has over 14 million subscribers and posts at least 5 videos per day. So when they were hacked by the infamous Poodle Corp, it was clearly a drawback. This hack came just a few weeks before RedMercy, in 2016, and was by the same group. Evidently, Poodle Corp was keeping busy. Again, they didn’t do much more than change the name and description of every single video. The titles were changed to “Hacked by Obnoxious and Pein: Twitter at poodlecorp”.
Mostly it seems this group is just promoting themselves and it’s quite impressive that they were able to change every title, because Watch Mojo has about 12,000 videos up. However, it wasn’t such a funny situation for Watch Mojo. It likely took hours or even days to change every video to it’s original appearance. Considering that Watch Mojo is known for pumping out several videos a day, their subscribers were likely frustrated with a pause in creation. Poodle Corp has an extensive history of harsh hacks and at this point would likely face scriminal charges if they were uncovered.
7. Lilly Sing
Also known as ii superwoman ii, Lilly Sing is best known for her hilarious skits and vlogs. She has over 11 million subscribers and one of her most popular videos “How Girls Get Ready” recently passed 22 million views. None of this popularity makes her immune to a pointless hack, though. Once again Poodle Corp was the mastermind behind Lilly Sings hack. In this case, though, instead of changing the video titles to something that promoted their group they changed the titles to “The Dopest Video Ever”.
It’s unclear why they chose this as the new title, but it could have something to do with one of her past uploads. Or perhaps they just wanted to change things up and throw everyone off. Aside from hacking her YouTube channel, Poodle Corp also logged into her Twitter account and other social media apps. Even worse, this hack occurred while Lilly was on her way to a friends wedding.
Not only was she completely flustered, it really put a damper on what was supposed to be a good time. To Lilly’s advantage though, she has a whole team that helps her create content and control issues like this. The team went hard to work in an effort to get her accounts back and fix the title changes.
6. Eugenia Cooney
This famous fashion and makeup vlogger has been the center of controversy due to her weight. However, it’s unclear if this ordeal had anything to do with that. In late 2016, Eugenia Cooney was hacked via a text message. This hacker played a simple trick on Eugenia to gain access to her Twitter, Snapchat and Uber accounts.
The hacker texted Eugenia, though how he got her number has not been confirmed. When he texted her he claimed that her phone number used to be his phone number and that HIS Twitter account was requesting that he confirm a reset code to log back into his account. The way this works is that Twitter texts a special code to the phone number associated with the account and that code can be used to change the password without access to the old account or an email.
Eugenia, unfortunately, did not think the situation through and saw the good in a total stranger. She gave him the reset code to which he apparently responded “Thank goodness there are still good people in the world.” Eugenia admits that looking back, she should have known better because she has had the same phone number for roughly 10 years. The hacker was successful at logging into her Twitter account.
Where he changed her name and posted random and offensive tweets. After this he also somehow logged into her Snapchat account, which she has yet to recover. And her Uber app, where he racked up a hefty bill of Uber rides. After a struggle, Eugenia regained access to her Twitter account and deactivated her Uber app. When she confronted the hacker he allegedly said that the hack was out of boredom and just to prove it could be done. Eugenia claims that she’s confident it was not a fellow YouTuber that disliked her and plans to be more secure in the future.
This YouTuber started out as a simple meme but now has over 3 million subscribers and considers YouTube his full time occupation. In the summer of 2016, though, his career almost suffered a serious downfall. A hacker logged into his YouTube account completely closed down the channel, which would have been a fatal financial blow, had it worked out.
For a popular YouTuber, even a single day without a scheduled video can be a major problem. Hacks like these commonly take weeks to fully sort out if you don’t have the right connections and contacts. Ironically, when the hack occured Boogie was VidCon. At the YouTube based convention many YouTube engineers and software specialists were present.
And thankfully, during the hack they helped Boogie out on the spot. It wasn’t long before his account was up and running and back in his possession. He didn’t endure any serious problems in relation to his revenue or any of his other accounts. A few weeks after the disturbance, Boogie posted a video. In the video he address the hack, maintained a positive and entertaining attitude, explained that he always used two step verification but the hacker somehow knew his phone number and threw out a huge thank you to the engineers that helped him out of his crisis.
This YouTube gamer and commentator has been involved in his share of controversy, criticism and hacks. This was another hack played out by Poodle Corp, though it came before some others in the list. In the case of Leafy’s hack, his Twitter and other social media accounts were for the most part untouched. Poodle Corp pulled their usual tricks out and changed the title of every video to promote themselves. It didn’t take long for Leafy to get things under control.
After the hack he posted a video addressing the issue, where he stray from his usual persona and seemed mostly unfazed by the hack. This just proves that Poodle Corp has no “type” when it comes to targets. The channels they have affected are all different as far as content goes. Furthermore, there’s no way of knowing who’s next on their hit list.
3. Sam Pepper
This notorious YouTuber has been the center of controversy, criticism and flat out hate since day one. Sam was often called out for his overly sexual pranks. Despite these pitfalls, Sam is a major name in the pranking community and has over 2 million subscribers. In late 2015, he posted a video titled “Killing Best Friend Prank” where he kidnapped a friend of his and pretended to kill someone in front of him. The video was drastic, even for a prank.
Sam’s own fans were upset that he would go that far just for views. Of course he later claimed the video was staged, which sounds like a coverup but could easily be true. Either way, one hacker was particularly rattled by the video and took action after it was posted. The hacker claimed to be a member of the popular hacker group Anonymous. He threatened that if Sam didn’t remove the video within 24 hours, he would regret it.
Sam, thinking this was a bluff, did not remove the video or even address the hacker. The next day his YouTube account was, obviously, hacked. The subtitles of every video were changed to suggest that Sam had sexually assaulted people, an allegation that no one was surprised by. Sam eventually resolved the issue and the hackers Twitter account was removed. Members of Anonymous made a public statement that they did not endorse the idea of hacking Sam, or any YouTuber, for a prank.
One of the biggest content creators on YouTube, Markiplier, is beloved for his gaming related videos and vlogs. He has over 16 million subscribers and his most popular video has brought in over 57 million views. When a YouTuber reaches this level of fame, most of them consider YouTube their full time career and their income reflects that. However, many famous YouTubers aren’t comfortable with sharing their income information for various reasons.
In January 2016, Mark was hacked by a group named Our Mine. Much like other hacker groups, it seems the only goal of Our Mine was to promote themselves and give one of the world's biggest content creators a hard time. After successfully taking over Mark’s YouTube account, they posted a video in which their logo was presented several times and their Twitter was mentioned in the title.
In addition to their intricate self promotion, they also leaked Mark’s monthly earnings for November 2015. While we won’t disclose Mark’s income, it was a very large amount. There are several reasons Mark probably didn’t want his financial status plastered all over the internet and no matter the reasons this was a serious invasion of privacy. The brightside is that no further damage was done to his account.
Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, is considered the most popular YouTuber in the world. In recent years he has become a household name. In fact, he has the most subscribers of any YouTuber in history, with about 54 million and counting. His videos never gain less than hundreds of thousands of views, and his most popular video totals about 64 million views.
Naturally though, this only makes him a massive desirable target for hackers. Oddly enough, when Felix was hacked in February 2016, it wasn’t by Poodle Corp or another well-known group. It was by the new and obscure Our Mine. The same group that hacked Markiplier. This hack was much more intricate though. Our Mine took over Felix’s personal website, amazon and second YouTube channel.
Our Mine posted a video to Felix’s channel, where they promoted themselves and simply proved they had accomplished the hack. Immediately after posting the video they gave all access back over to Felix without further damage or struggle. They tweeted that the hack was over and Felix was once again the rightful master of his several accounts. Felix responded by thanking the group for giving his accounts back.
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