There is an undergoing war as we speak on YouTube, for the most-subscribed Youtube channel; The combatants are T-Series and PewDiePie.
Felix Kjellberg, which is known online by the nickname of PewDiePie, is a famous YouTuber from Sweden known for his game commentary and pranks and it has the most subscribers on YouTube since 2013.
However, recently a channel owned by Bollywood record label T-Series has been growing up fast in the past months reaching up 72.5 million YouTube subscribers.
The war is very much real and has reached all sort of people, for example, a hacker!
Probably the hacker, known on Twitter as TheHackerGiraffe, was paralyzed by fear that PewDiePie won’t remain the number one YouTuber in the world and came up with a brilliant never been seen idea.
As crazy as it sounds, it’s true! The hacker, which apparently is a big fan of PewDiePie, hijacked more than 50,000 internet-connected printers worldwide and printed out flyers asking everyone to subscribe to PewDiePie YouTube channel.
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In order to launch his never been seen cyberattack, TheHackerGiraffe scanned the Internet to find the list of vulnerable printers with port 9100 open using Shodan – a search engine for internet-connected devices.
After managing to gather as many as he can, he exploited them to print out the following message:
“PewDiePie is in trouble, and he needs your help to defeat T-Series! PewDiePie, the currently most subscribed to channel on YouTube, is at stake of losing his position as the number one position by an Indian company called T-Series that simply uploads videos of Bollywood trailers and campaigns”
All hacked victims were asked to unsubscribe from T-Series channel and subscribe to PewDiePie immediately.
Experts are saying that the hacker probably used an open-source hacking tool to exploit vulnerable printers, which most likely is Printer Exploitation Toolkit (PRET).
This is a funny yet a very good hack that must be used to raise cybersecurity awareness and consequences of leaving vulnerable printers exposed online.
We must underline that no law and information security experts recommend other white hat hackers to participate in such stunts in order to promote PewDiePie or any other brand or name.
Any hacked printer or fax machine can let hackers have complete control over the printer and infiltrate the rest of the network.
Keep in mind that our modern society is dependent on computers, mobile devices, and the use of the internet always stay safe and secured.
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