Hackers Target IISuperwomanII, Other Top YouTubers in Obnoxious Publicity Stunt
Heads up, YouTubers: now might be a good time to change your passwords and put a few extra security measures in place.
A couple of days ago, in the middle of VidCon, Lilly Singh aka IISuperwomanII was left cleaning up a mess on her Twitter and YouTube accounts after she was hacked by a group called PoodleCorp, who changed the titles of all her videos and spammed her millions of followers with links to their own Twitter account.
It turns out Lilly is just the latest in a rash of attacks on high-profile YouTubers. A day earlier, WatchMojo’s channel with its 12 million subscribers had its video titles changed to “HACKED BY OBNOXIOUS AND PEIN,” and a similar attack was aimed at gaming channel RedMercy. Twitter account @RedmercyLoL, which appears to belong to RedMercy, is currently suspended.
Meanwhile popular gamer Boogie2988’s YouTube channel was offline for a while on Saturday, and according to YouTube news channel Scarce, PoodleCorp threatened in a now-deleted tweet to hack another channel with more than five million subscribers — and this time, completely shut it down.
It looks like PoodleCorp has been planning something for a while and could have other stunts set up for later in the summer. It seems to be an effort to promote a bigger project on their website — but after all this nonsense, I’m not in a hurry to click on their link and find out what it is.
On the one hand, you almost (but not quite) have to give them some begrudging respect for breaking into such high-profile accounts. But considering that IISuperwomanII is basically the Beyonce of YouTube, I’d say you get her fanbase pissed off at your own risk. Many of them are already reporting PoodleCorp on Twitter, petitioning YouTube to get involved and looking for clues about future attacks — including a hint that PewDiePie could be next.
YouTube should probably consider overhauling their security measures over the summer. In the meantime, creators should stay on their guard.