The battle for who will have the most subscription channel on YouTube, played into the real world months ago when Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg fans started the campaign to raise awareness of the Swedish star. The root cause work has been good for the most part, but recently social media people have reportedly been hacked by someone who encourages them to subscribe to PewDiePie.
Kjellberg has maintained its status as a top channel on YouTube for many years, but recently his claims on the throne have been threatened by T-Series, a channel owned by an Indian music production company. The T series growth rate in 201
Kjellberg's recent uploads often have segments where he asks fans to convince people to subscribe to him. As a result, PewDiePie fans have done everything from placing posters to play Kjellberg's dissociations against the T-series at the club . One YouTuber launched a citywide advertising campaign where they purchased every single billboard, radio spot and local TV spot available to support PewDiePie's channel. Together, fans have ensured that Kjellberg stays narrow in front of the T series for a longer period than anyone expected.
Over the past few days, Twitter users have sent screenshots of unwanted prints from internet-connected printers who say PewDiePie needs their help. "PewDiePie, currently subscribed to the YouTube channel, is at stake to lose its position as the number one position of an Indian company called T-Series, which only uploads videos from Bollywood trailers and campaigns," said the magazine. The printout tells people to subscribe to Kjellberg and to "tell everyone you know" about YouTube race. At the end there is an ASCII figure of a "brofist", a gesture Kjellberg is famous for. The screens have no specific origin; from Canada to the UK has allegedly received it.
A hacker on Twitter has assumed responsibility for the prints, saying that stunt is apparently their way of raising awareness of printer security.
Spread the word with your friends about printers and printer security! This is actually a scary thing. Will tweet all about this all #pewdiepie hack later to explain to everyone exactly what went down. Also @pewdiepie please me rk me
– TheHackerGiraffe (@HackerGiraffe) November 30, 2018
According to @ TheHackerGiraff's tweets, they took advantage of an open network port available on hundreds of thousands of printers worldwide. This is a known vulnerability that allows printers to receive data. To do so, the hacker claims that they used a tool called PRET, which, according to its GitHub page, allows attackers to "captur [e]" or manipulate [e] print jobs, access the printer's file system and memory or even cause physical damage to the device. "
" Your printer is exposed, "TheHackerGiraffe told a user on Twitter." I'm trying to warn you to close it, how can I get your attention? "
" I did not think this would work out I did it, "TheHackerGiraffe said on Twitter. The Verge has come out to the hacker and requests evidence to bind them to exploit and we will update this post when we hear back.