Balina was reviewing an initial coin offering for his 116,000 YouTube subscribers when the comment was posted and he either didn’t notice it or shrugged it off. After about 20 minutes, the livestream cut off.

A couple of hours later, Balina returned to finish his review and blamed a power outage for his sudden disappearance. During the second stream, he said he’d discovered that he was mysteriously signed out of his Google Sheets profile where he tracks his cryptocurrency holdings.

Later, on his Telegram channel, Balina put out a call for help. “Hey Crypto Family, I need you now more than ever,” he wrote.

“I had to end today’s live stream abruptly because I am being hacked.” He then listed three Ether wallet addresses that he was trying to track. It’s not unusual for individuals or exchanges to get their cryptocurrency stolen by a malicious actor, but Balina’s reaction has been odd in this case.

“I’m not worried about the money at this point,” he wrote on Telegram, and he insisted that going forward he’s just concerned about catching the hacker. A now-deleted message explained Balian’s theory on how he was hacked: This is how I think I got hacked. Read more from gizmodo.com…

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