Evleaks retiring due to fiscal and medical problems, Indiegogo campaign started to help him out (update)

by: Andrew GrushAugust 5, 2014


UPDATE (8/5/14):

In response to Evan Blass’s (evleaks) announcement that he is retiring from leaking phones and other mobile news due to the need for a better paying job to help support his family and pay for his medical problems, TK News has now put together a little Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the influential tech leaker. 

At the time of this writing, the campaign had already raised $3,921 out of a $100,000 goal with 44 days left to go. If you’d like to show your support, you can do so by visiting the campaign page. 

Over the weekend, Evan Blass — the man behind Evleaks — announced his retirement from the leaking game. For many folks this move might have seemed to come out of the blue, but thanks to an interview with the Next Web we now know a bit more about why Blass is calling it quits.

As with many things in life, the decision mostly came down to dollars and cents. Between trying to provide a good life for his family and fighting his multiple sclerosis, Blass feels he can no longer take on the responsibilities of his full-time leaking gig and needs to turn to a more traditional full-time job that comes with a steady paycheck. While Evleaks has attempted to monetize his stream through his recently formed website and via sponsored tweets, he says that the effort hasn’t been all that successful. Blass also notes that his tech-savvy audience also tended to be ad-block users, which didn’t help the situation much.

Bottom-line, Blass says the decision is final and that he doesn’t plan to come “back out of retirement”. He has yet to decide what will become of the website, but does note that his well-known Twitter handle will continue to be operated for personal use. It’s sad to see Evan Blass go, as the man has been behind tons of mobile leaks, many of which have been featured on Android Authority’s posts. Still, as Blass says in his goodbye tweet, “all good things must come to an end”.

What do you think of the news? Surprised? Do you feel this will slow down the number of leaks that make their way to the net, or do you believe there are plenty of other talented leakers out there that will be able to pick up the slack?

  • Luka Mlinar

    He was more wrong in recent times than right.

    • Jayfeather787

      I bet you’re happy! :P

      • Luka Mlinar

        You know i am. I think it’s stupid that we created a world where we look to Twitter for news, leaks, scoops.
        Also i wasn’t a fan of that whole process where he would just throw a pic up no questions asked. Credible sources should contain more than 140 characters.

    • crutchcorn

      What doesn’t it matter? The point of the matter is that this poor man has to battle MS and you’re over here making fun of him? Common… Tough industry to get right anyhow

      • Luka Mlinar

        No, the point is that he’s leaving. The reason why is sad but it doesn’t change my view of his work. Sorry.

        • crutchcorn

          … Half fair, half mean…. Fair enough

  • ThunderCrackR

    “Do you feel this will slow down the number of leaks that make their way to the net?” Of course, he has been the one with the highest no. of right leaks lately. This is a bad news for all the tech sites, which, sorry, but have taken the most important news about upcoming devices from him! Will miss you!

  • Jon

    Personally, I wished he would have just stuck to leaking. The recent attempts he made from @evleaks to flame William Shatner over twitter, for example, left a bad taste in my mouth. Sorry (not sorry) to see you go, Evan!

  • DarxideGarrison

    I don’t care either way.

  • MasterMuffin

    He was often the one to first leak something before anyone else. We’ll continue seeing leaks of future products from others like always, but probably not as early as before

  • Fievel

    Hadn’t read about his MS before. Best wishes to him and his family.

  • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

    His connections were among the deepest in the industry; the man knew how to look phones! Wishing him all the best in his fight with MS, and in supporting his family. Tech blogging won’t be the same without EVLeaks!!!

    • Luka Mlinar

      If i had to guess i would say he knew someone who was a good hacker. That’s a more likely story than strong industry connections. I bet you could do wonders wit access to 3 email accounts.

      • MasterMuffin

        Or better, he was a hacker. Why would the hacker help him and not just do this stuff himself? I don’t believe in what you said, I:m just saying :)

        • Luka Mlinar

          A hacker would never hack and then post it on twitter. That’s a nice way to get caught. You get someone to do it for you :P

          • crutchcorn

            Or he’s clever :P

          • MasterMuffin

            If he’s that good of a hacker, I don’t think he’d get caught no matter who publishes the stuff

          • Luka Mlinar

            If we consider that he’s screwing over company’s by leaking, it really wouldn’t take much to get that data from twitter. Probably just one court order. :)
            Don’t forget how easy they caught the guy from LulzSec that posted their exploits on twitter.
            Twitter is the last place i would go. Personally if it was me i would find a less known older journalist, set up a secure mail. Forward it through a dozen other mailing services on some shit site in India, china, sri lanka…..
            Get him to pay me in bitcoin.

          • MasterMuffin

            Dogecoin FTW though

    • crutchcorn

      Amen to this. He will be lost and prayers to him and his family

  • Mike – Construction Contractor

    Not sure if he tried, but I would have attempted to sell the leads to blog sites such as AA so that they can have first run of the images including embedding their logo within the link.

    Maybe he did try that.

  • besweeet

    You guys really don’t know the real evleaks… He’s a reckless,
    heartless troll, with no care for a thing in the world. I was a victim of this for a countless number of months. Hundreds of emails, tweets, threats, blackmailing and harassing, insulting statements.

    • AJ75

      Please elaborate. Why would he even care about you?

      • besweeet

        Given his emails, he uses some of his short amount of time left to troll people. That’s really it.

        • AJ75

          Maybe given the emails YOU’VE received, but why is he sending them to you in the first place? I’m not getting any, and I’m sure the majority of those reading this don’t either, so I’m asking why he’s interested in you, personally. Give us some context, eh?