YouTube war gets intense: 50,000 printers hacked to get support for PewDiePie against T-Series
A hacker has claimed responsibility for taking over 50,000 printers worldwide to print a message asking people to subscribe to YouTuber PewDiePie. This comes at a time when battle for most subscribed YouTube channel is raging on between PewDiePie and T-Series.
The hacker, who goes by the Twitter handle, TheHacker Giraffe, 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.”In the AMA thread, 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. Of the attacked printers, about 15000 printers were in India.
While PewDiePie is still leading, T-Series is hot on its wheel. Hitesh Rajwani, CEO, Social Samosa, isn’t surprised that the conglomerate is all set to shoot ahead. He says, “Considering the number of active YouTube users from India – 250 million plus – an Indian contender was bound to surface soon.” YouTube personality and video blogger Prajakta Koli aka MostlySane points out, “This just shows the potential India has in the digital age wherein more people are consuming content on the internet than other platforms.”