Hackers take control of the YouTube channel of Byron “Reckful” Bernstein, a former World of Warcraft content creator.
The Twitch and YouTube channel remained alive even after he died at the age of 31 in July 2020, as a way to preserve his legacy.
Today people responsible for running it were alerted of an ongoing scam. One of the editors wrote in the channel description, “One of the editors here, Reckful’s youtube got hacked, I’m working on restoring it, don’t click any links.” Sources confirmed the Reckful Twitch channel remained unharmed.
Hackers invaded Reckful’s YouTube channel, enabling them to run fake Bitcoin scam streams. Though those videos are not available on the internet at the moment, perhaps the editor who alerted the fans deleted it. The channel has the last video from May 2020, where Reckful is seen playing Everland, a game he created.
According to Dexerto, this is not the first incident where hackers have hacked inactive streaming channels. Earlier Twitch and YouTube channels of a former streamer and OfflineTV member Federico “Fedmyster” Gaytan were also hacked. Currently, both channels are offline which suggests that may have been taken down for promoting illegal content. Fedmyster has not yet commented on this situation.