Who was really behind the YouTube outage? A group of hackers may be to blame - Dexerto

Who was really behind the YouTube outage? A group of hackers may be to blame

Published: 19/Oct/2018 23:16 Updated: 19/Oct/2018 23:17

by Virginia Glaze


YouTube experienced a worldwide outage on October 16, as users across the globe reported incidents of the site failing to load and a 503 network error message.

While YouTube has yet to explain the cause behind the outage, a number of theories point to a plethora of possible agents – one of which could stem from a group of hackers.

The group in question, which goes by the name of ‘Project Zorgo,’ posted to their Twitter account on October 16 bragging about having accomplished the site-wide takedown.

“Project Zorgo has successfully taken YouTube offline!” they wrote in a caption above a screenshot of the blank website.

Their account profile likewise points to a possible involvement in the outage, reading, “We are the YouTube Hacker group. We believe YouTube has become too powerful and is a threat to traditional media.”

In addition, the group also claimed to have hacked YouTube’s trending page in early September, which they advertised with a dramatic video. According to the clip, Zorgo had placed one of their own videos on the trending page, which was titled, ‘Project Zorgo Doomsday Date.’

They claimed that the September hack was only phase one in their plan to take down the online video platform.

Other probable causes include that of the organization ICANN, who reportedly switched the security keys to YouTube’s DNS servers. While neither of these possibilities have been confirmed by YouTube, the site is now up and running as usual – for now.

TV + Movies

Ellen Page starring in controversial new movie about sexism in esports

Published: 31/Oct/2020 17:04

by Luke Edwards


Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page is set to star in an esports feature film ‘1UP’. The comedy features an athlete who, with the help of a veteran coach, forms an all-female esports team after she’s forced out of her college’s roster.

Page won an Oscar nomination for playing the title character in the 2007 hit ‘Juno’ and has appeared in movies like Inception and X-Men: Days of Future Past. She also featured alongside Willem Dafoe as telepathic teenager Jodie in the 2013 game Beyond: Two Souls.

The new movie, 1UP, is set to include Paris Berelc as the excluded gamer. Berelc is probably best known for her role in Adam Sandler’s spooky comedy Hubie Halloween.

This is Buzzfeed Studios’ first-ever feature-length film, so they’ll be desperate to make sure it’s a hit to put their name on the map as a legitimate studio.

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Ellen Page was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 2007 movie Juno

What we know about ‘1UP’ so far

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Berelc’s character, Vivian, quits her college esports team after being subject to sexism from her male teammates. With the help of Page’s “enigmatic coach”, she assembles an all-women’s team to compete with the boys.

Which esport the movie is set around remains in question, but it’s all part of Buzzfeed’s mission to create “socially relevant” movies for “millennial and Gen Z audiences.”

Studios creating movies like this is another sign of esports moving further into the mainstream – provided it’s successful, of course. But, whether this movie is a very positive reflection on esports or not remains to be seen.

Reactions to ‘1UP’

The premise has provoked some controversy, with some fearing the comedy elements could detract from a serious issue.

Games and comics writer Zoë Quinn sarcastically labeled it “fun” – when the topic at hand isn’t.

Production is expected to begin in November, meaning we’re going to be waiting a while to see it on our screens. Regardless, as one of the first major feature films based around esports, it’s going to be worth keeping an eye on.