The hack took place on August 24, with the malicious user (or users) behind the scandal posting racist, homophobic, and sexually suggestive Tweets to Charles’ Twitter account - even threatening to release nude photos of the social media star.
The YouTuber also lost his verification amid the attack, likely due to the hacker’s posts, which even included a message praising noted serial killer Ted Bundy.
Despite the mayhem, Charles retrieved his account shortly thereafter - and he bounced back in an unexpected way by posting his own nudes to spite the hacker.
“Hi, I got my account back,” Charles wrote of the incident. “Just case I ever get hacked again, here’s the ONLY nude I’ve ever taken! Can’t threaten me with it now 🤠🖕🏼 Get a life.”
hi I got my account back 🙃 just case I ever get hacked again, here’s the ONLY nude I’ve ever taken! can’t threaten me with it now 🤠🖕🏼 get a life pic.twitter.com/8xT5lKFFDV— James Charles (@jamescharles) August 24, 2019
The nude photo quickly went viral, with one fan asking how long it took the YouTuber to convince his management team to let him post the nude.
“Approximately 8 minutes,” Charles answered.
approximately 8 minutes— James Charles (@jamescharles) August 24, 2019
While fans made a meme out of his response to the hack, not everyone was amused by the pic, with some commenters criticizing the YouTuber for posting a naked photo of himself online.
“Literally no one asked for this,” one user wrote.
“Yeah, well I didn’t ask to have my security and privacy threatened either, so this is me taking back ownership of the situation,” he replied. “Move on with your day.”
yeah well i didn’t ask to have my security and privacy threatened either slutdelrey so this is me taking back ownership of the situation, move on with your day— James Charles (@jamescharles) August 24, 2019
Charles wasn’t the only YouTuber affected by the hack, either: top YouTuber Shane Dawson was similarly hit by the same scandal the day prior, along with Vine star King Bach and YouTuber Amanda Cerny.
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 exact source of the hack has been revealed, Drama Alert’s KEEMSTAR is blaming the incident on AT&T, a sentiment echoed by King Bach, who accused an employee of switching his SIM card.
In spite of the widespread hack, Charles isn't letting threats of blackmail ruin his day - and he's not afraid to fight back!
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