Regular viewers of xQc are used to just about anything from his enjoyable livestreams. But everyone – including xQc himself – was surprised when his Twitter account was recently hacked during the middle of one.
The popular Canadian streamer, Felix Lengyel, noticed obscene messages begin popping up on his social media during a live event Aug. 17. Among other things the hacker or hackers wrote items like “we own u BRO” and referenced other hackers. His Twitter profile page was also defaced.
Repairing The Damage
Although xQc was certainly a little flustered by the real-time interruption, he tried to keep his cool, at first trying to change his password and block the intruders during the event. Ultimately, he discovered the hacking activity had caused his account to be locked out after too many login attempts. This required him to end his stream early to focus on more in-depth offline account management and perhaps bring in Twitter tech support.
He let viewers know that doing a full repair would take “about 15 hours,” but that the hackers hadn’t gained access to any confidential or secure information or even passwords. After many well-meaning viewers suggested that he “use Password Manager,” he responded by saying that it wouldn’t help in this particular case and the hack wasn’t caused by Password Manager.
xQc also was a little vague in who might have been responsible for the cyber attack or how they may have done, whether it was people who he knew personally or just those who hacked a prominent streamer. He suggested it might be part of something more elaborate, and said his phone provider might be involved.
The next day he gave viewers an update saying some passwords and personal data was accessed. He also said he has begun the process of deleting personal information, including several DMs from his girlfriend, who goes by the name “Adept.”
He said it was a hard decision but important to do for security’s sake. Adept responded by saying she was thankful that many of their memories are online, and she’s looking forward to making more memories in the future.
Not The First Time
This isn’t xQc’s first time being attacked online. In May, he was streaming a playthrough of “Welcome to the Game II,” when one of the game’s developers hacked in and started playing music and then started sending messages that they’re in control. They continued to be part of the stream, occasionally playing music or taunting him about his gameplay. In this case, it seemed more amusing for everyone than the August incident.