That's right, this past week 50,000 printers in the United States, Canada, and England all suddenly began printing out a odd message urging people to get on YouTube and hit that subscribe button for PewDiePie. An Indian music and film production company called T-Series is putting up a fight for YouTube's top spot and it's starting to invade people's homes.
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YouTube now displays both Pewdiepie and T-Series as having 72 million subscribers, but in reality Pewdiepie is about 100,000 subscribers ahead.
The hacker, who goes by the Twitter handle, TheHackerGiraffe, has claimed responsibility for the attack in a Reddit AMA that reads, I hacked 50,000 printers worldwide out of potential 800,000 for PewDiePie and security awareness."In the AMA thread, the hacker reveals that he used Shodan, a repository for internet connected devices where he found 80,000 connected printers and chose to attack 50,000 of them to raise awareness about printer security". According to TheHackerGiraffe, there were about 800,000 printers that could have been exploited. He found the targets on Shodan.io, which is basically a search engine for unsecured, internet-connected devices.
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The Swedish Youtube star made a comeback after his fans banded together in various social media campaigns, but T-Series is catching up with PewDiePie again. TheHackerGiraffe told Engadget that he sent the message to 50,000 printers.
The message was sent using a tool known as PRET or Printer Exploitation Toolkit. TheHackerGiraffe mentioned that he was "a huge fan of PewDiePie and thought it might give him a slight edge in his struggle to remain the number one".
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"The most horrifying part is: I never considered hacking printers before, the whole learning, downloading and scripting process took no more than 30 minutes".