Matthew ‘Super’ DeLisi, a popular Twitch streamer and former Overwatch League pro, was the latest victim of hackers taking over YouTube accounts to push Elon Musk cryptocurrency scams.
Many Twitch streamers and YouTubers have had their accounts hijacked to promote cryptocurrency scams in recent months, with little being done to stop the attacks. Hackers took over Super’s YouTube channel on May 4, changing the page’s name to “Ark Invest” and airing a bogus Elon Musk Bitcoin conference. The news of the attack caught the streamer off surprise, and he vented his frustrations on social media, appealing for YouTube to reclaim his account.
He said; “My YouTube is somehow hacked. If you see some channel named ‘Ark Invest’ OR ‘Sapphire Plugin,’ these are my channels, I don’t know how this happened or what to do. YouTubeCreators, please help me.”
The streamer also stated that he has implemented two-factor authentication on his account since 2015. “They got access some other way,” he explained.
Elon Musk’s broadcast had ceased a few hours later, and all videos on Super’s channel had been removed. It’s unclear whether they were removed or simply unlisted. Despite the fact that the hackers used the name Ark Invest, the company has denied any involvement in the attack. They acknowledged that several channels had been taken over in January. “These accounts are impersonators & not affiliated with ARK… ARK Invest will never use social media to solicit money, including cryptocurrency.”
It’s unclear whether the hacks are the work of a gang or a single individual, but it appears that no one is safe. Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein, a late streamer, had his channel taken over last month before it was restored.