Vine star who makes up to £12,000 a clip says account was hacked

A Vine star who reportedly made £2,000 per second from his posts claims he has been hacked, with all of his videos deleted from his account.

Ben Phillips, who has has 1.3m followers on the platform which allows users to upload six-second clips, told the Guardian: “It’s like losing photo albums in a house fire.”

Phillips, from Bridgend in South Wales, is hoping Vine can restore his posts. Just a year ago, he was working in his mum’s shoe shop – now, he can be paid as much as £12,000 to feature products in his Vines.

An Instagram video by Ben Phillips. Source: BenPhillipsUK/Instagram

“I’m really not bothered about the business, it’s about the memories from the last year. I know it’s the internet, but those Vines represent a journey over the last year. We’re just hoping they’re recoverable.”

After he was profiled by BuzzFeed and Newsbeat last week about being able to make a living from Vine, his account appears to have been hacked.

Phillips told the Guardian he first noticed something was wrong on Sunday. He said: “I had a couple of followers messaging me, asking me where a Vine had gone and I thought – what Vine? What’s this?

“Then I looked and they’d all been deleted, every single one. I don’t know how hacking works, but I found it really weird because they’d even gone and deleted my profile picture.”