Hackers are yet again hacking, and this time in the name of keeping PewDiePie the king of YouTube.
As you might be aware, Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg has actually been the most subscribed to channel on YouTube for quite a long time, however recently that title came under danger from T-Series, a channel owned by an Indian music production business that has actually been growing exponentially this year, and is presently just about 150,000 subscribers behind PewDiePie’s 72 million-plus.
Looking at the customer trajectory of both channels, it appears unavoidable that T-Series will past Kjellberg, however not without a battle. And desperate times require desperate steps, with the current effort in the project to keep PewDiePie at leading including hackers hacking printers across the world with the message to sign up for Kjellberg’s channel.
In an attempt to counteract this; 50,000 printers in the United States, Canada, and England all unexpectedly started printing out an unusual message advising viewers to get on YouTube and hit that subscribe button for PewDiePie.
A hacker by the name of The HackerGiraffe, took credit for the stunt and revealed that he discovered the susceptible printers through Shodan io– which is basically an online search engine that discovers unsecured and vulnerable gadgets that are linked to the Internet, like lots of printers. According to The HackerGiraffe, there were about 800,000 printers that could have been exploited.
As for why the hacker did it, well since he, like much of PewDiePie’s fans, does not desire the YouTuber to be passed by no T-Series
“I am honestly a huge fan of Pewds to begin with, but at the same time I wanted a light-hearted message that would kind of humanize me instead of just printing a big scary ‘YOU’VE BEEN HACKED,'”The HackerGiraffe stated in a declaration offered to tech site; Engadget “I am a huge fan of PewDiePie and thought it might give him a slight edge in his struggle to remain the number one.”
As for how it was done, the hacker declares it was through a tool called PRET, which permits hackers to record and control print tasks by accessing a printer’s file system and memory. Using the tool, a hacker could trigger physical damage to the gadget or usage said gadget as a foothold to enter into the inner network that the printer is connected to.
“Your printer is exposed,” wrote The HackerGiraffe on Twitter “I’m trying to warn you to close it, how else am I gonna get your attention?”
The HackerGiraffe further noted he didn’t prepare for on the entire thing to work this well, nevertheless, it was obviously pretty simple in the end.
“People underestimate how easy a malicious hacker could have used a vulnerability like this to cause major havoc” The HackerGiraffe said; “Hackers might have taken files, set up malware, triggered physical damage to the printers and even utilize the printer as a grip into the inner network.
“The scary part is: I never ever thought about hacking printers previously, the entire learning, downloading and scripting procedure took no more than 30 minutes.”
As mentioned above, the chances PewDiePie will keep his YouTube title are slim, however, his fanbase sure is giving it their best!