Late YouTuber Desmond “Etika” Amofah was reported deceased by the NYPD on June 25 – but that didn’t stop a group of malicious hackers from taking control of his Twitter account nearly two months later.
The hackers posted offensive messages to each account, making references to Nazi Germany, serial killers, and frequently using racial slurs – on top of posting a link to a private Discord channel and repeatedly using the hashtag “chuckling.”
The person who hacked Etika's account is deleting the tweets I think. Here they are just in case they did. pic.twitter.com/oM7NvLMcdq
— FusionAnimations (@BFDIA_Master) August 24, 2019
While no source for the hacking has yet been verified, Etika’s Twitter account has since been suspended in wake of the attacks, with searches for his profile showing that the account “violated the Twitter rules” – and fans are voicing their displeasure with the platform over the decision.
“First his YouTube, now his Twitter,” one user wrote of the issue. “Y’all finna need shit straighten out YouTube & Twitter.”
However, others speculate if the deactivation wasn’t made at the behest of a family member, with Twitter providing options for deactivating accounts of deceased or incapacitated users.
First his YT, now his Twitter. Y'all finna need shit straighten out YouTube & Twitter
— Kronicle17 (@Kronicle17) August 31, 2019
Hey, the account could've very well been Suspended at the request of a family member, possibly his mother https://t.co/vFb1Ujtc3W
— James (@Zeexe_l) August 31, 2019
Although no official reasoning for the suspension has yet been given, this development follows large-scale hacks across the platform, with even Twitter’s co-founder Jack Dorsey falling victim to the attacks on August 30.400
Like the previously-mentioned hacks, Dorsey’s account saw all manner of offensive posts from the very same group – and Twitter claims that the breach was brought about by a “security oversight” by his mobile provider.
“The phone number associated with the account was compromised due to a security oversight by the mobile provider,” the platform explained. “This allowed an unauthorized person to compose and send tweets via text message from the phone number.”
The phone number associated with the account was compromised due to a security oversight by the mobile provider. This allowed an unauthorized person to compose and send tweets via text message from the phone number. That issue is now resolved.
— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) August 31, 2019
Twitter’s statement holds up with King Bach’s theory on the matter, who blamed an AT&T employee who had allegedly switched his SIM card for the hacking of his own account.
— King Bach (@KingBach) August 24, 2019
While Etika’s Twitter is no longer available, a “Memories of Etika” Twitter account exists as a memorial to his celebrated life as a content creator, which has similarly pleaded with Twitter to restore his original profile in wake of the widespread hacks.