A pair of hackers have hijacked Google Chromecasts and called on their owners to follow YouTubers PewDiePie. The hackers, known as HackerGiraffe and j3ws3r, are estimated to have accessed more than 70,000 devices so far with the exploit, according to the CastHack website the hackers launched (via The Verge ).
Affected Chromecasts cast a message stating their device is exposing sensitive information about them and advising owners to visit the CastHack page for more information. The page was live during the writing of this article but currently can't be reached. In addition to displaying the CastHack URL, the message also suggested that users subscribe to PewDiePie.
The exploit targets on a router setting that makes smart home products viewable on the internet. With Chromecast access, the hackers can remotely play on your device, rename your device, factory reset or reboot the device, force it to forget all Wi-Fi networks, force it to pair to a new Bluetooth speaker / Wi-Fi point, and so on, ”said on CastHack. Folks have also taken to Reddit to talk about their hacked devices.