Haker allegedly tries to raise awareness of printer security.
Internet-connected printers worldwide are hacked to print messages that encourage people to subscribe to PewDiePie's YouTube channel.
Reported by The Verge, this attack seems to be an act @HackerGiraffe (A Twitter account yesterday that was open), claiming that a relatively innocent act was carried out to raise awareness of the important hole in the security of the printer.
The message sent to the alleged 50,000 printers invites recipients to subscribe to the T-Series, an Indian YouTube channel that is close to becoming the most accessible channel on the platform, instead subscribe to the current PewDiePie channel. It also suggests that receptors subscribe to two other channels, "delete TikTok," a smile and fix the exposed printer.
Speaking with The Verge, The Hacker Giraffe announced that it has found 800,000 sensitive printers via online warehouses and is concerned about vulnerability, saying, "People underestimate that an easily malicious hacker could exploit such vulnerability to cause major hiccups. Hackers could steal files, install malicious software, cause physical damage to the printer, and even use the printer as a backbone to the in-house network. The most terrible part is: I never thought about hackers, the whole process of learning, downloading, and scripting lasted for more than 30 minutes. "
YouTuber Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg was in and out of the news: Last year, his use of racial mood during livestreams caused some great reactions. Two years ago, YouTube became the first personality of YouTube, reaching 10 billion views, and currently has 72.6 million subscribers.
Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Go after him Twitter.