PewDiePie vs T-Series: Hacker hijacks 50,000 printers urging people to subscribe to PewDiePie

The fight for YouTube’s top channel turns crazy as his fan hacks 50,000 printers globally telling people to subscriber to Pewdiepie.

tech Updated: Dec 01, 2018 17:21 IST
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Pewdiepie is very close to giving up his throne of being the top YouTube channel.(Pewdiepie/YouTube)

A hacker has claimed responsibility for taking over 50,000 printers worldwide to print a strange message asking people to subscribe to YouTuber PewDiePie.

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.’

The hacker reveals that he used Shodan, a repository for internet connected devices where he found 80,000 connected printers and decided to attack 50,000 of them to raise awareness about printer security, The Verge reported. Of the attacked printers, about 15000 printers were in India.

Felix Kjellberg aka “PewDiePie” is currently on the race to keep his title of being the top YouTube channel. Pewdiepie’s reign is threatened by Indian music label T-Series which comes second in the leader board. T-Series is coming close to PewDiePie with a difference of a little over 300,000 subscribers.

PewDiePie has been posting videos with diss tracks and challenges against T-Series stating that his reign on YouTube will continue. The fight which is still ongoing saw crazy campaigns from Pewdiepie’s fan base on posters, billboards, and even the radio.

With inputs from ANI.

First Published: Dec 01, 2018 17:19 IST