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Hacker hijacks printers to promote popular YouTube channel

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An anonymous hacker hijacked more than 50,000 internet-connected printers worldwide to print out messages asking the users to subscribe to PewDiePie YouTube channel.

Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg aka PewDiePie is a famous YouTuber from Sweden famous for his video game commentary, vlogs and pranks and has had the most subscribers on YouTube since 2013.

This is the last act of disputed for the “most-subscribed Youtube channel” crown between T-Series and PewDiePie and now both are hovering around 72.5 million YouTube subscribers.

The hacker with the Twitter username “TheHackerGiraffe” who might be PewDiePie’s fan wants him to remain as the number one most-subscribed YouTuber in the world. The hacker scanned the Internet to enlist the vulnerable printers with port 9100 open using Shodan, a search engine for internet-connected devices and exploited them to expel a message which reads

“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,” And then the message compelled the victims to unsubscribe from T-Series channel and subscribe to PewDiePie instead.

The hacker used an open-source hacking tool called Printer Exploitation Toolkit (PRET) in order to exploit vulnerable printers.  The tool was designed for testing printers against various known vulnerabilities, allowing attackers to capture or manipulate print works.

Even a fax number is enough for hackers to gain complete control over the printer and infiltrate the rest of the network connected to it.

As of now the difference between the two channels is reducing and let us see if PewDiePie could win the crown of most-followed YouTube channel.

Priyanka R
Cyber Security Enthusiast, Security Blogger, Technical Editor, Author at Cyber Safe News

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