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Daniel Silva Sentenced to 364 Days in Jail for Death of Corey La Barrie



  • Tattoo artist Daniel Silva was sentenced to 364 days in jail Tuesday for the crash that killed YouTuber Corey La Barrie in May of this year.
  • Silva entered a no-contest plea, meaning he maintains his innocence but agrees that the state likely has enough evidence to convince a jury.
  • Because of time-served and California’s sentencing guidelines, Silva is considered to have already served 216 days of the sentence but will still be subject to five years of probation.
  • La Barrie’s parents are still pursuing their wrongful death civil suit against Silva for his involvement in the crash as the driver.

The Crash that Killed Corey La Barrie

Tattoo artist and former “Ink Master” contestant Daniel Silva was sentenced to 364 days in jail on Tuesday for his involvement in the death of YouTuber Corey La Barrie.

La Barrie was killed in a car crash on May 10 while he and Silva were celebrating La Barrie’s 25th birthday and speeding in a McLaren. While driving, Silva lost control and the car slammed into a tree and stop-sign. Reports at the time indicated that Silva tried to flee the scene but was stopped by bystanders who went to help,

Silva was arrested for murder that night, and a later police statement indicated the crash may have been a DUI case. La Barrie’s family also came out and said Silva was driving drunk, however he was never charged with a DUI for the incident.

Witnesses claim that Silva and La Barrie were partying earlier that night, but it’s unclear just how much Silva had to drink. Silva’s lawyer was confident that they could beaten a murder charge because the prosecution would have a hard time proving Silva was actually drunk.

Silva initially pled not guilty to the second-degree murder charge, which could have earned him between 15 years and life in state prison. However, the case changed last month when he reached a deal with prosecutors. They agreed to drop the second-degree murder charge in exchange for him pleading no contest to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, which is still a felony.

Sentencing Silva

As part of his sentencing, Daniel Silva will serve 364 days in county jail, be on formal probation for five years, and have to do 250 hours of community service.

Because of time-served and California sentencing guidelines, Silva is considered to have already served 216 days of that sentence.

He also will have a suspended prison sentence of four years, which means that if he violates any of the terms of his probation, he could find himself in state prison.

Based on the press release from the Los Angeles District Attorney, it’s unclear if Silva is paying any restitution to the family of La Barrie, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be found liable, monetarily speaking.

About two weeks after the accident, La Barrie’s parents filed a civil suit against Silva and his tattoo company. They’re asking the court to award them compensatory damages, costs of the suit, prejudgment and post-judgment interest, as well as any fair and equitable relief.

As of right now, it looks like that suit is still working its way through the courts, likely waiting for Silva’s criminal charges to be sorted out. This civil case would have been easier if Silva had pleaded guilty, but his no contest plea means that he maintains his innocence, meaning he will likely fight any civil suits.

Follow Silva’s sentence, Oscar Guerra, a friend of La Barrie’s who spoke in court shared a message on behalf of his friend group.

“I don’t think there’s any amount of words I can say right now to let anyone feel what I feel, so I guess I’ll start with this… Corey La Barrie had a tough outer shell but was soft on the inside, he was a unique, kind, inspirational, individual….”

He went on to heavily suggest that Silva was driving drunk that night by saying, “Everyone who was there including myself tried stopping you from driving, I was outside of the car on the street telling you to get out o the car while you looked at me and sped off, while my best friend was coughing up blood you tried to run away and i caught you…

He closed saying he had forgiven Silva, but it won’t be enough to bring La Barrie back.

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



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



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



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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