$2 Million Allegedly Stolen From Cryptocurrency Vlogger in the Middle of His Livestream

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Ian Balina, a popular cryptocurrency evangelist, was in the midst of a standard livestream on his YouTube channel on Sunday night when a viewer asked, “Ian, did you know that somebody transferred all your tokens from your account?” With $2 million worth of cryptocurrency gone from his wallet, Balina claims he was hacked. But the strangeness of the situation has the community questioning his story.

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.