Yesterday evening, professional PUBG Mobile player and content creator for Fnatic, Tanmay "Scout" Singh had his YouTube channel hacked. In a tweet, Scout revealed that his channel was hacked and tagged the YouTube team to help him.
Scout's Account Is In The Process Of Recovery
Scout’s manager Animesh “8bit_thug” Agarwal replied to Scout's tweet and said they are working on the recovery process. The player’s YouTube account still has all the videos visible, a previous instance where 8bit Thug’s videos were disabled almost instantly.
Scout later tweeted out the following:
Scout is one of the biggest esports personalities and has a dedicated following for his content among viewers in the region. His channel has more than 3.1 million subscribers. He is frequently seen collaborating with prominent streamers. Most recently, he teamed up with Dr Disrespect to stream some Call of Duty: Warzone and Fall Guys.
Scout has been a staple at Indian PUBG Mobile esports tournaments for years. Recently, the Fnatic star played on loan for Orange Rock and helped the team place 2nd in the PUBG Mobile World League 2020 - Season 0: East. Since the PUBG Mobile ban in India, he had been streaming other titles such as Free Fire, Among Us and Fall Guys.
Growing Incidences Of YouTubers Getting Hacked
In July, Animesh “8bit Thug” Agarwal’s YouTube account and email were hacked. The streamer was at 597k subscribers. Screenshots posted by 8bit Thug on Twitter show the hacker had taken down his content and later changed the name of the channel. First, the channel’s content was taken down and the display picture was replaced. The channel name was changed again to ‘Novogratz [Foundation]’ and the display picture was replaced once again with a photo of an ex-hedge fund manager and billionaire Michael Novogratz. 8bit Thug’s channel has since been restored.
The next day, CarryMinati’s YouTube channel was hacked. The hackers asked for bitcoin donations from subscribers. Soon after the channel was hacked, CarryMinati took to Twitter to inform YouTube about the incident and asked for “immediate assistance”. The video platform was prompt to respond and resolve the issue.
The incident was similar to the Twitter Bitcoin scam that compromised accounts of some of the popular personalities such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos and MrBeast, among others.