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Fans Praise David Dobrik After Giving Away Cars, Cash, and More in Surprise Vlog

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  • Social media users and fellow internet stars are completely blown away by YouTuber David Dobrik, who just gave away thousands of dollars worth of cash and gifts to fans during the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • In a surprise vlog, Dobrik teamed up with EA to personally distribute items like iPads, game consoles, $10,000 checks, and even cars. 
  • Though Dobrik said he is not returning to his regular posting schedule until the virus settles, the video has brought some much-needed joy to millions of viewers. 

Dobrik Returns With New Vlog 

One of YouTube’s most popular creators, David Dobrik, is being praised on social media after surprising dozens of fans with some incredibly generous gifts.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 23-year old vlogger has taken a break from uploading his regular content, which often includes crazy stunts and fun moments with all of his friends. Those videos, of course, are basically impossible to film right now because of social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders.

But Dobrik broke his hiatus on Friday with a video that has warmed millions of hearts. “I’ve gotten a lot of messages from you guys that have been affected by all of this corona stuff, and it sucks,” he said in the video. 

“I really wanted to see if I can help, so I partnered up with my friends at EA, and we did just that.”  

The video goes on to show Dobrik and his team giving away stacks of iPads, Playstation 4’s, and Xbox One X’s. And as you can imagine, his fans reacted with tears, screams, and smiles. 

At one point in the vlog, Dobrik throws frisbees to his fans, which each have some cash taped to the bottom. Then he takes it a step further, using a t-shirt cannon to launch some of his merch with checks for $10,000 hidden inside each.

Just when you think he’s done, Dobrik throws in some more insane gifts. In true David Dobrik fashion, the YouTuber proceeds to give away some brand new cars, and the reactions were just as awesome as you’d expect. 

In a comment pinned under the video, Dobrik said, “I found most of the people in this video by them texting me address and what situation they are going through.”

“We are always going to try to do more stuff like this especially when quarantine is over and we start visiting more cities!!” he added before sharing a phone number fans can reach out to. 

Dobrik warned that he still won’t be returning to his regular uploading schedule until the virus is under control, but for many fans, this latest upload was a much needed-boost of joy that’s helping hold them over in the meantime.

Friends and Fans Show Praise 

Shortly after the vlog was uploaded, Dobrik became a trending topic on Twitter. Viewers praised him for his generosity, with some even admitting that the video brought them to tears. 

As many fans already know, Dobrik is an undocumented immigrant and DACA recipient. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a policy that shields some young undocumented immigrants, who often arrived at a very young age in circumstances beyond their control, from deportation. 

After seeing the video, fellow DACA recipients said they were especially inspired by his success and acts of kindness. 

Fellow internet stars even chimed in, expressing their love and admiration for Dobrik as well. 

Dobrik is just one of several influencers trying to brighten up people’s lives during the pandemic. And though we might not see another vlog from him for a while, it seems Dobrik can’t wait to get back into the swing of things.

“I MISS IT SO MUCH and im ready to go when its time!!!!!” he wrote in his pinned YouTube comment, adding, “thank you for showing me so much support even when im not posting stuff. Seriously means the world.”

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Hackers Hit Twitch Again, This Time Replacing Backgrounds With Image of Jeff Bezos

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The hack appears to be a form of trolling, though it’s possible that the infiltrators were able to uncover a security flaw while reviewing Twitch’s newly-leaked source code.


Bezos Prank

Hackers targeted Twitch for a second time this week, but rather than leaking sensitive information, the infiltrators chose to deface the platform on Friday by swapping multiple background images with a photo of former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. 

According to those who saw the replaced images firsthand, the hack appears to have mostly — and possibly only — affected game directory headers. Though the incident appears to be nothing more than a surface-level prank, as Amazon owns Twitch, it could potentially signal greater security flaws. 

For example, it’s possible the hackers could have used leaked internal security data from earlier this week to discover a network vulnerability and sneak into the platform. 

The latest jab at the platforms came after Twitch assured its users it has seen “no indication” that their login credentials were stolen during the first hack. Still, concerns have remained regarding the potential for others to now spot cracks in Twitch’s security systems.

It’s also possible the Bezos hack resulted from what’s known as “cache poisoning,” which, in this case, would refer to a more limited form of hacking that allowed the infiltrators to manipulate similar images all at once. If true, the hackers likely would not have been able to access Twitch’s back end. 

The photo changes only lasted several hours before being returned to their previous conditions. 

First Twitch Hack 

Despite suspicions and concerns, it’s unclear whether the Bezos hack is related to the major leak of Twitch’s internal data that was posted to 4chan on Wednesday.

That leak exposed Twitch’s full source code — including its security tools — as well as data on how much Twitch has individually paid every single streamer on the platform since August 2019. 

It also revealed Amazon’s at least partially developed plans for a cloud-based gaming library, codenamed Vapor, which would directly compete with the massively popular library known as Steam.

Even though Twitch has said its login credentials appear to be secure, it announced Thursday that it has reset all stream keys “out of an abundance of caution.” Users are still being urged to change their passwords and update or implement two-factor authentication if they haven’t already. 

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Twitch Blames Server Configuration Error for Hack, Says There’s No Indication That Login Info Leaked

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The platform also said full credit card numbers were not reaped by hackers, as that data is stored externally. 


Login and Credit Card Info Secure

Twitch released a security update late Wednesday claiming it had seen “no indication” that users’ login credentials were stolen by hackers who leaked the entire platform’s source code earlier in the day.

“Full credit card numbers are not stored by Twitch, so full credit card numbers were not exposed,” the company added in its announcement.

The leaked data, uploaded to 4chan, includes code related to the platform’s security tools, as well as exact totals of how much it has individually paid every single streamer on the platform since August 2019. 

Early Thursday, Twitch also announced that it has now reset all stream keys “out of an abundance of caution.” Streamers looking for their new keys can visit a dashboard set up by the platform, though users may need to manually update their software with the new key before being able to stream again depending on what kind of software they use.

As far as what led to the hackers being able to steal the data, Twitch blamed an error in a “server configuration change that was subsequently accessed by a malicious third party,” confirming that the leak was not the work of a current employee who used internal tools. 

Will Users Go to Other Streaming Platforms?

While no major creators have said they are leaving Twitch for a different streaming platform because of the hack, many small users have either announced their intention to leave Twitch or have said they are considering such a move. 

It’s unclear if the leak, coupled with other ongoing Twitch controversies, will ultimately lead to a significant user exodus, but there’s little doubt that other platforms are ready and willing to leverage this hack in the hopes of attracting new users. 

At least one big-name streamer has already done as much, even if largely only presenting the idea as a playful jab rather than with serious intention. 

“Pretty crazy day today,” YouTube’s Valkyrae said on a stream Wednesday while referencing a tweet she wrote earlier the day.

“YouTube is looking to sign more streamers,” that tweet reads. 

I mean, they are! … No shade to Twitch… Ah! Well…” Valkyrae said on stream before interrupting herself to note that she was not being paid by YouTube to make her comments. 

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The Entirety of Twitch Has Been Leaked Online, Including How Much Top Creators Earn

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The data dump, which could be useful for some of Twitch’s biggest competitors, could signify one of the most encompassing platform leaks ever.


Massive Collection of Data Leaked 

Twitch’s full source code was uploaded to 4chan Wednesday morning after it was obtained by hackers.

Among the 125 GB of stolen data is information revealing that Amazon, which owns Twitch, has at least partially developed plans for a cloud-based gaming library. That library, codenamed Vapor, would directly compete with the massively popular library known as Steam.

With Amazon being the all-encompassing giant that it is, it’s not too surprising that it would try to develop a Steam rival, but it’s eyecatching news nonetheless considering how much the release of Vapor could shake up the market.

The leaked data also showcased exactly how much Twitch has paid its creators, including the platform’s top accounts, such as the group CriticalRole, as well as steamers xQcOW, Tfue, Ludwig, Moistcr1tikal, Shroud, HasanAbi, Sykkuno, Pokimane, Ninja, and Amouranth.

These figures only represent payouts directly from Twitch. Each creator mentioned has made additional money through donations, sponsorships, and other off-platform ventures. Sill, the information could be massively useful for competitors like YouTube Gaming, which is shelling out big bucks to ink deals with creators. 

Data related to Twitch’s internal security tools, as well as code related to software development kits and its use of Amazon Web Services, was also released with the hack. In fact, so much data was made public that it could constitute one of the most encompassing platform dumps ever.

Creators Respond

Streamer CDawgVA, who has just under 500,000 subscribers on Twitch, tweeted about the severity of the data breach on Wednesday.

“I feel like calling what Twitch just experienced as “leak” is similar to me shitting myself in public and trying to call it a minor inconvenience,” he wrote. “It really doesn’t do the situation justice.”

Despite that, many of the platform’s top streamers have been quite casual about the situation.

“Hey, @twitch EXPLAIN?”xQc tweeted. Amouranth replied with a laughing emoji and the text, “This is our version of the Pandora papers.” 

Meanwhile, Pokimane tweeted, “at least people can’t over-exaggerate me ‘making millions a month off my viewers’ anymore.”

Others, such as Moistcr1tikal and HasanAbi argued that their Twitch earning are already public information given that they can be easily determined with simple calculations. 

Could More Data Come Out?

This may not be the end of the leak, which was labeled as “part one.” If true, there’s no reason to think that the leakers wouldn’t publish a part two. 

For example, they don’t seem to be too fond of Twitch and said they hope this data dump “foster[s] more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space.”

They added that the platform is a “disgusting toxic cesspool” and included the hashtag #DoBetterTwitch, which has been used in recent weeks to drive boycotts against the platform as smaller creators protest the ease at which trolls can use bots to spam their chats with racist, sexist, and homophobic messages.

Still, this leak does appear to lack one notable set of data: password and address information of Twitch users.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the leakers don’t have it. It could just mean they are only currently interested in sharing Twitch’s big secrets. 

Regardless, Twitch users and creators are being strongly urged to change their passwords as soon as possible and enable two-factor authentication.

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