Ggrekt Shuts Down Operations Indefinitely
19th Aug 2016 02:46:10 PM
It is with heavy hearts that today we announce that GGRekt is shutting down indefinitely. It's been a good run, and we appreciate all the support from our fans and readers. We've come to the decision to close due to a lack of funding and low engagement. We are not ruling out the possibility of returning, but for the time being we will be stopping all operations.
If anyone would like to purchase this website or continue running it themselves, we would be happy to hear from you. Please contact @Sparx_Designs on Twitter with serious offers.
Once again, we'd like to thank everyone who supported us along the way! Thank you.
Leafyishere Hit With Community Guidelines Strike
12th Aug 2016 11:48:05 AM
Yesterday, YouTuber LeafyIsHere, known for his controversial roast videos, had one of his recently uploaded videos removed. The video was removed for violating YouTube's community guidelines on bullying and harassment. The video that was removed was titled "THE MOST UPSET FEMINIST GETS 0 - 10000 TRIGGERED BY ME." Fans trying to watch the video were greeted by a removal notice, and Leafy also would have received a community guidelines strike for the removal. The video has since been re-uploaded on many smaller channels for those that wish to see the video.
LeafyIsHere has yet to issue a statement on the matter, but he will likely upload a video about it soon, as he is no stranger to criticizing YouTube. A few weeks ago, Leafy uploaded a rant video about YouTube's updated bullying and harassment, which we reported on here. Part of his title on that video read "(I'm Getting Banned off YouTube)." It seems this is much more likely now that YouTube has begun targeting Leafy. Since essentially his entire channel could be considered bullying and harassment under YouTube's policies, he may very well have his channel removed.
Scarce Gets Copyright Strike From Youtube
9th Aug 2016 11:04:36 AM
Yesterday news YouTuber Scarce uploaded a new video in which he says he got a community guidelines strike from YouTube on his video titled "YouTubers FIGHT CAUGHT on CAMERA! Roman Atwood, Nadeshot, RiceGum Confronted." The video was taken down after about 2-3 hours of being uploaded. Understandably, Scarce said he was freaking out after the video was taken down, worried that someone was reporting all his videos and that his channel might be taken down.
After reaching out to everyone he could about the strike, including YouTube, his network, and other contacts, his network eventually responded, telling him that the strike was actually an error. His video was re-uploaded and can now be viewed. If Scarce had already had a few copyright strikes at the time the error occurred, his entire channel could have been terminated, and the situation could have been a whole lot worse.
Many smaller YouTubers have received copyright strikes and had their channels removed recently following YouTube's recent harassment policy changes. Since Scarce is a well-known YouTuber, he had contacts he could reach out to to straighten out the situation. Unfortunately smaller YouTubers usually don't have the contacts necessary to get these situations cleared up, even when their videos are struck down in error.
Poodlecorp Goes On Massive Hacking Spree
4th Aug 2016 11:25:58 AM
The hacking group known as PoodleCorp, who gained fame amid their high profile hacks of YouTube celebrities have been DDoSing targets left and right today. At one point PoodleCorp ran a poll of its followers to help choose hacking targets.
11 hours ago they launched a small, short attack on the PSN servers, which they said was merely a test for a larger attack in the future. A few hours after that, they took down Pornhub.com, then moved on to Brazzers.com, which are two of the largest porn websites on the internet. After that they once again DDoSed the Battle.net servers, then claimed responsibility for taking down the GTA V servers.
Their last attack was against the Cincinnati Zoo website, which may seem to be a fairly random target at first, however this zoo was behind a high profile shooting of a gorilla named Harambe after a 3 year old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure. PoodleCorp also tweeted out the hashtag #dicksoutforharambe, which gained widespread use in memes after Harambe's death.
PoodleCorp, which is affiliated with fellow hacking group Lizard Squad, seems to have stepped up its hacking efforts in the last few days, following a breach of their own commercial DDoS tool, and their failure to take down the Pokemon GO servers as promised.
Poodlecorp Website Hacked And Data Leaked
3rd Aug 2016 06:23:07 PM
After PoodleCorp's embarrassing failure to take down the Pokemon GO servers on August 1st, they decided to once again attack Blizzard's Battle.net servers, and the North American League of Legends servers. However, new information has come out suggesting that PoodleCorp itself was the victim of a hacking attack.
Website LeakedSource, which hosts leaked data from various other websites, announced yesterday on Twitter that PoodleCorp's commercial DDoS tool was compromised and their database was leaked to LeakedSource. LeakedSource shared a screenshot showing the database structure from the DDoS tool with softpedia, which can be viewed here. LeakedSource suggested that PoodleCorp was rendered unable to take down Pokemon GO because of the breach. The leaked database contains data on payments, users, targets of DDoS attacks, servers, and more.
PoodleCorp, like its partner Lizard Squad, has been selling access to their DDoS tool to make money. LeakedSource revealed that PoodleCorp earned a measly $335 from renting the tool. LeakedSource was also able to identify the address information of 3 users, which they say will be reported to the relevant authorities.
PoodleCorp authenticated the claim, telling Keemstar on DramaAlert that they had not been hacked, but were betrayed by someone with access to their database, who then leaked it in exchange for payment to a third-party source. They also said that the hack was not related to their inability to follow up on their threat to DDoS Pokemon GO, and that they were still planning on attacking the game's servers, they just needed more time to prepare.
PoodleCorp also apparently attacked LeakedSource.com in retaliation for the data breach, with the main attack lasting about 45 minutes, temporarily taking down the website. However the site is now back up and running as normal.
Hackers Fail To Follow Up On Pokemon Go Threat
2nd Aug 2016 10:42:44 AM
In an interview with Keemstar on DramaAlert, the leader of PoodleCorp, XO, claimed that the group was planning to take down the Pokemon GO servers for 24 hours straight on August 1st. However, August 1st has now come and gone, with no indications that the servers went down at all. All indications are that the group intended to DDoS the servers, but was unable to, for some reason. The group's Twitter's pinned tweet still reads "August 1st #PoodleCorp #PokemonGo" and the last retweet by the account is from XO, saying "having a bite to eat before we take pokemongo offline."
While PoodleCorp's intentions to take down the servers of Pokemon GO are clear, what is not clear is why they were unable to accomplish this goal. After all, this is not the first time PoodleCorp has attacked major game servers, as their website proudly boasts, they DDoSed the League of Legends, Battle.net, and Pokemon GO servers in the past. Perhaps a technical issue with the group's botnet prevented this attack, or the game's developer planned and prepared for the attack, as they had weeks to do so.
We have not yet seen a statement from PoodleCorp on the matter, but we are expecting an explanation soon, as the group will now be in damage control mode, trying to defend themselves after failing to deliver on their promise.