Despite the avalanche of over-line war and the ever changing YouTube landscape, Felix Kjellberg who runs the YouTube channel PewDiePie who is from Sweden and is a comedian and a video game critic, is loved by people all over the world. An Indian music production company called T-Series has been fast on its heel for a while with their subscriber counts at a near tie that could topple Felix any day now.
There is a very little margin between the subscribers of these two channels. T-Series however has been making faster gains, leaving fans to start advertising on PewDiePie’s part like playing PewDiePie’s song “Lasagna” at a club. This drawn out battle probably has a lot to do with PewDiePie’s massive dedicated fan base who are doing whatever they can to help Felix Kjellberg remain the most subscribed YouTuber. Where so as to promote PewDiePie’s channel, some have purchased billboards in their cities, some are distributing pamphlets, there comes one who crosses all the limits. Reason behind this madness is people want the “face”of YouTube to remain an individual creator rather than a big company.
Now this campaign is taking some ugly steps. A fan hacked thousands of printers to promote PewDiePie recently; people in places ranging from the Canada to UK reported that their printers began mysteriously spitting out PewDiePie.
TheHackerGiraffe is the hacker who takes responsibility for hacking 50,000 printers from all over the world. He did so to spread the word to vitalize people to subscribe to PewDiePie YouTube channel. The Hacker Giraffe went on reddit to explain how he managed to hack 50,000 printers. He hacked printers using SHODAN, a search engine for internet connected devices. Some printers use internet connections. He got access to the text editor and he wrote that people should subscribe to PewDiePie because Indian company, T-series is in high competition with PewDiePie on the platform of YouTube.
And then the printed message has instructions. This is some serious dedication. People all over the world started tweeting pictures of this hacked PewDiePie messages. Printers have been hacked to print a message urging people to subscribe to Pewdiepie’s YouTube Channel. The attack was claimed by @HackerGiraffe and says it was also about on raising awareness about Printer’s Security. Also the message sent to a 50,000 printers call for recipients to unsubscribe from T-Series which is an Indian YouTube channel, instead the hacker suggests on them to subscribe to PewDiePie.
It is very alarming that Hacker Giraffe could hack that many printers that easily. This process took Hacker Giraffe only 30 minutes, where he hadn’t hacked a printer before. Imagine if that kind of a power went into wrong hands.
Giraffe via The Verge wrote:
“People underestimate how easy a malicious hacker could have used vulnerability like this to cause major havoc”. “Hackers could have stolen files, install malware, caused physical damage to the printers.”
It is very alarming that Hacker Giraffe could hack that many printers that easily. This process took Hacker Giraffe only 30 minutes, where he hadn’t hacked a printer before. Imagine if that kind of a power went into wrong hands. He is the latest of several PewDiPie fans to go to the extreme lengths to help PewDiePie remain the most subscribed YouTuber.