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David Dobrik Breaks Silence on Vlog Squad Misconduct and Sexual Assault Allegations

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  • David Dobrik apologized for past content he made with his YouTube Vlog Squad after facing increased pressure to address misconduct within the group.
  • The social media star specifically said sorry to Seth Francois, who claimed he was sexually assaulted in two kissing “prank” videos Dobrik orchestrated.
  • Dobrik also addressed his relationship with Dominykas Zeglaitis, known online as “Durte Dom,” who was recently accused of raping a woman that was too drunk to consent to sexual acts during a night of filming with the Vlog Squad.
  • “With people in my life that I don’t film with anymore, like Dom, I chose to distance myself,” Dobrik said. “I don’t align with some of the actions, I don’t stand for any misconduct.”

David Dobrik Apologizes

Massive social media star David Dobrik apologized in a video late Monday for past content he made with his YouTube friend group, the Vlog Squad.

His rare response to controversy came hours after a bombshell report from Insider detailing a rape accusation against former Vlog Squad member Dominykas Zeglaitis, who goes by “Durte Dom” online.

“Consent is something that is super super important to me, whether I’m shooting with a friend or I’m shooting with a stranger, I always make sure whatever video I’m putting out I have the approval of that person,” Dobrik stated in his apology titled “Let’s Talk.”

Over the past several weeks, Dobrik has faced growing pressure to address alleged misconduct in the Vlog Squad. The backlash against him reached a new level when former member Seth Francois said he was sexually assaulted in two kissing “prank” videos where he was duped into unknowingly kissing Vlog Squad member Jason Nash.

Until now, Dobrik gave no comment on this situation even though the story grew and caught the attention of mainstream news outlets. The only glimpse the public got of his potential stance on the allegations came from a video response made by Vlog Squad member Scotty Sire. In that video, Sire defended Dobrik and accused Francois of lying. He later deleted that video after it was criticized for victim shaming and largely ignoring key points of the accusations.

“With the Seth situation, I’m sorry to Seth,” Dobrik said in his apology video. “I just want to make videos where everybody in it, whether you’re participating or watching, is enjoying and having a good time. And I missed the mark with that one.”

Dobrik then addressed the allegations against Zeglaitis, who was accused of raping a 20-year-old girl that told Insider she was too drunk to consent to have sex. 

“With people in my life that I don’t film with anymore, like Dom, I chose to distance myself,” he added. “I don’t align with some of the actions, I don’t stand for any misconduct. I’ve been really disappointed by some of my friends. For that reason, I’ve separated from a lot of them.” 

Many online have slammed the YouTuber for the brief response and for putting it on one of his smallest platforms. Others noted the irony of title, “Let’s Talk,” considering the fact that comments on the video are disabled. Some have even accused YouTube of removing the video from its trending page in an effort to protect one of its large creators.

Durte Dom Accused of Rape

The alleged assault reported by Insider was said to have happened in 2018 when a group of college girls met up with Dobrik, Zeglaitis, and other members of the Vlog Squad to film a video for Dobrik’s channel.

The accuser, who went by Hannah in Insider’s article, said Zeglaitis had been flirting with her all night despite her repeatedly rejecting his advances. 

Hannah claimed that Vlog Squad members bought alcohol and supplied it to the girls, all of whom were under 21. Sources told Insider that the alcohol was supplied by Todd Smith and Jeff Wittek, but Wittek denied he supplied it and doubted Smith’s involvement as well.

According to accounts from Hannah and her friend, who claims she was sober that night, Hannah ended up getting too drunk to walk or dress herself. Hannah said she does not remember most of the night, but claimed that her friend Audrey later told her that the two of them had engaged in sexual acts with Zeglaitis. According to Insider, at one point during this, Hannah showed signs of losing consciousness. The report says that Zeglaitis still continued sexual acts, so Audrey “took over” to get him to stop.

To the viewers watching the vlog that was posted from that night, it would look like Zeglaitis engaged in a consensual encounter with two women. At various points, it even shows his friends laughing, cheering him on for having a threesome, and peeking into the room to watch. The video did not show how drunk Hannah said she and her friends were, or her repeated attempts to get Zeglaitis to stop flirting.

Hannah said that after a couple of weeks, she asked Zeglaitis to take the video down as she felt uncomfortable with the fact that millions of people were watching a night she claims to not remember that included acts she did not consent to. 

“It’s difficult to describe how it feels knowing that millions of strangers have seen a video of me in a night that affected me and traumatized me in nearly incomprehensible ways, not knowing that anything was wrong,” she told Insider. 

Zeglaitis did not give the outlet a comment on the allegations against him, however, last week he uploaded a video addressing Francois’s accusations against the Vlog Squad. According to Insider, he uploaded this after he had been contacted to give a statement about Hannah’s allegations, though he did not address her claims.

“Just because somebody might think they’re fine with it the first day or they’re fine with it six months later and then a year later they’re not fine with it doesn’t mean you can discredit these peoples experiences because people need time to understand what they’ve been going through,” he said in one part of the video, which many are now sharing in light of the rape accusation against him.

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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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