A man from the United Kingdom who claimed to have earned as much as £12,000 from a clip posted to the video sharing Vine has had his account on the site hacked and all of his videos deleted.
Ben Phillips is thought of as something of a star on Vine and blamed “jealous hackers” for carrying out the hack.
The 22 year old from Bridgend has more than 1.3 million followers on Vine, which allows users to post short six second video clips.
The videos are similar to the one above and mainly involve him playing pranks on people in his hometown, as well as some clips he made with the three year old son of his ex-girlfriend. Ben’s videos have become so popular that some of the world’s leading companies have asked him
to make Vine video clips helping to advertising their products. So far, Ben has created adverts for Peugeot, Comedy Central and Nokia.
In another Vine video he produced for Ford, Ben told BBC Newsbeat he got paid £12,000 for the six second clip, the equivalent of £2,000 per second.
Following the hack on his Vine account, Ben said on Twitter that he hopes Vine will able to rescue his account and restore his lost videos. But he has also said that if his Vine vidoes can not be restored he will upload ten of his favourite clips and start out on the video sharing platform all over again.
In January, he was also included in the Debretts 500 most influential list.
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