Thursday, February 17, 2011

Nanalew's Youtube Account Gets Hacked

I'm not sure if you are familiar with Nanalew, a Canadian Youtube partner with over 140,000 subscribers but she just had her Youtube account and other online accounts hacked. She had just posted the video below which had been entered into a contest to see if she could win a trip to New Zealand when someone hacked into her Youtube account and removed all of her Youtube videos.

I follow her on Twitter (she's @Nanalew) and she tweeted about the attack shortly after asking her followers to vote for her on the website holding the contest. The website is if you want to vote for her - she's currently in 4th spot with about 1300-1400 votes.

One good point is that she contacted Youtube and got her Youtube account restored that same night, but the hacker also got her Gmail account and her Adsense account, which really sucks. She is in the process of trying to get her Adsense and other accounts returned to her and it will be interesting to see how long that takes.

After posting on Twitter, Nanalew said that her planned BlogTV appearance was postponed an hour but she didn't disappoint as she did appear on the website for about an hour and a half and at one point had over 800 people watching and offering her support.

Although she has not yet been given her Adsense or Gmail accounts back by the hacker she does have some clues to the hacker's identity (his email address etc) so hopefully he will get his ears slapped back for doing this. Maybe they can find out his IP address and get his banned, but I dunno if that is a step Youtube or Google is able to take.

But you have to give Youtube itself a big thumbs up for recovering all of her videos which now again appear on her Youtube channel. It does seem a little "fishy" that a few people on the website where she had submitted the video were trying to call her a cheater because of all the votes she was getting in so short a time as if she were using some kind of auto-voting software.

Right after that someone hacked her accounts. I don't know if there is a tie-in to the commenters on the website, but it did seem like an odd coincidence. Of course many of her fans and Twitter followers immediately stepped up to defend her and point out her large following which explained all the votes.

She is now in 4th spot in the contest and I don't think there is any doubt that she will probably soon be in the lead. If you want to vote for her, the website's link is given above. Now hopefully she will get her Adsense account and Gmail restored shortly.

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