Popular crypto YouTuber allegedly hacked out of $2 million during livestream

The atonement of an alt-right troll
Baked Alaska says he's sorry about the whole white nationalism thing, and he's trying to help.

See all Editor's Picks

Ian Balina/YouTube

An old email account might be to blame.

YouTuber Ian Balina was apparently hacked of $2 million during a livestream.

Balina, a prominent cryptocurrency advisor and investor who reviews ICOs (initial coin offerings) on his channel, ended a livestream on Monday after allegedly being hacked. ICOs are a fairly easy way to raise funds for a new cryptocurrency and Balina reviews crypto startups to see if new currencies are worth investing in.

During the livestream, Balina was alerted “that somebody transferred all your tokens from your account.” The stream allegedly went down 15 minutes later, and when Balina returned he’d been signed out of his Google Sheets profile.

Balina is now trying to get information on the hacker or hackers, who have allegedly lifted $2 million in cryptocurrency from his Etherscan wallets.


Balina tweeted out a screenshot of his portfolio last week, which might have made him a target for the hack. He also claimed that hackers likely got access through an old college Gmail.

Some critics have accused Balina of lying about the hack to avoid taxes, which he denied. Others have claimed he’s an “ICO shill.”

H/T The Next Web 

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.