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Discord hackers impersonating Twitch to bait users into phishing scam

Published: 6/Apr/2020 19:47 Updated: 25/Jun/2020 14:31

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Some Discord users are being tricked into a phishing scam by impersonators pretending to be Twitch, who are sending messages claiming they’ve got an “exclusive partnership” with the communication app for free access to their Nitro services and to Prime.

Discord’s Nitro is a premium subscription service that awards certain perks such as server boosts, higher resolution when video calling, a higher upload limit, and more. It costs $9.99 a month or $99.99 per year, depending on what sub you pay for.

On April 5, users started reporting that impersonators are taking advantage of the service by creating a fake Twitch bot that’s messaging people with claims they’ve partnered up with the app in order to give away free access to it, as well as Prime.

Fake Twitch bot scamming Discord users

The bot has been PMing users with the message: “Exclusive Partnership. We are super happy to announce that Discord has partnered with Twitch to show some love to our super great users! From April 5 until April 15, all our users will have access to a Nitro Games and will have access for three months to Twitch Prime.”

It also includes a list of steps on how to activate the “free” subscription, telling the interested party to join the app’s Official Events server, and also add the bot to their own private servers – presumably so the impersonators can access personal and private information. The biggest giveaway that it’s a scam on unassuming users is that Nitro Games no longer exists – the service was completely removed from the sub in October 2019.

People took to Twitter to air their concerns and to warn others not to engage with the bot. “There [is] apparently is a scam bot going around Discord. I got the message too, the name is Twitch#2708. Don’t click the link,” ‘Wiki82725871’ said, alongside a screenshot of the message.

“Watch out for the phishing scam currently going on,” ‘ACR_Collection’ warned. “Some fake Twitch representative send you links pretending to give you free access to Discord’s Nitro services.”

This apparently isn’t the first time that this has happened, either. Users have been reporting being contacted by the bot since late March, according to Distractify, with the dates being changed to fit whenever it’s sent.

Discord and Twitch have both yet to speak out about the situation, or stop the bot from targeting people with its phishing scam at the time of writing.


2HYPE YouTube group joins 100 Thieves

Published: 17/Nov/2020 19:19

by Alan Bernal


100 Thieves have signed YouTube mega-group 2HYPE to the company’s impressive sheet of content creators. The six members of the collective will now represent the LA-based organization.

2HYPE is made up of YouTubers CashNasty, Jesser, ZackTTG, Kristopher London, Jiedel, and Mopi, all of who bring in millions of views per channel every month. The six YouTubers formed the group 2HYPE in May 2019, and amassed over 1 million subscribers on that channel within 50 videos.

They’re known primarily for their gym retreats and content revolving around a basketball court, each brimming with unique personalities that adds tremendous variety to their videos.

Now the talent will be creating their regular schedule of content as reps of the 100T brand, which should play out fairly similar to the org’s last groups signing with The Mob.

“We’re so thrilled today to welcome 2HYPE to 100 Thieves,” 100T announced. “This group of 6 creators sits at the forefront of sports, gaming, & culture. Just in the past few years, they’ve amassed over 18M YouTube subs across their channels. We look forward to so many collabs to come!”

2HYPE will let the org expand into yet another vertical of video creation, as the org intends for the signing to let them “branch out further in the sports realm and create an inflection point for 2HYPE on content production and brand partnerships.”

As seasoned NBA 2K players, every individual member of the group has a close read on the pulse of online sports entertainment and will now merge their own millions of subscribers to the 100T community.

In the two-part announcement video, every member was officially iced with the 100 Thieves chain to commemorate the new signing.

Just like The Mob in 2019, 2HYPE is expected to add another style of content to the org’s multifaceted hold on the streaming/video creation space.

This marks a second major expansion for the company in the fourth quarter of 2020, with the org announcing their return to Call of Duty esports with the LA Thieves franchise.

100 Thieves are making big moves, and the new collaboration with 2HYPE is only going to bolster the army of creators signed by the org.