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Published: 17/Aug/2020 22:41 Updated: 13/Jan/2021 3:36by Brent Koepp
Popular streamer Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel’s Twitter account was compromised during his August 17 broadcast. The former Overwatch pro was live on Twitch when his social media was taken over by hackers.
xQc is one of the top streamers on Twitch, with over 3.5 million followers to his channel. Viewers flock to the Canadian to hear his explosive personality and epic hot takes.
However on August 17, the 24-year-old was stunned when his Twitter account was taken over by hackers during a live broadcast.
The Canadian streamer was just two hours into his broadcast when viewers began to notify him that his Twitter account had been taken over.
The perpetrators defaced his profile page, as well as used the account to retweet obscene content in front of his 669k followers.
The trolls also used the Twitch stars social media to posts messages like “f**k you xqc we own u BRO” as well as shoutouts to promote friends.
The streamer was live on Twitch during the incident, and explained to his audience that he wasn’t able to create a new password. “I can’t reset my password. Because the person locked it, by doing multiple attempts,” he said.
Still unable to regain access, he asked viewers to report the hacked account. A couple of minutes later, he informed his chat that Twitter was fixing it. “Twitter is on it. Um, it’s under control. I think we are good.”
Not long after, the star’s account was returned to normal, and the compromised tweets were removed. xQc, however, ended his broadcast, stating, “Chat, I have a lot of s**t to do. I have to shut off the stream. I really apologize for that. If this was manageable, I would stay online.”
The personality then alluded to the situation being more complex. “I don’t want to tell you why, but there is a crazy amount of stuff I have to do. This will take like 15 hours. Don’t just tell me to use a Password Manager, it has nothing to do with that. It’s way more elaborate. The person has none of my passwords.”
The former Overwatch pro was able to regain access to his Twitter account not long after, however the situation doesn’t seem far from over based on his closing statement.
Hacked accounts aside, the Canadian continues to be one of the most popular channels on Twitch. He consistently pulls in over 30k viewers a broadcast, making him one of the most watched on the platform.