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PewDiePie Fan Hacks 50,000 Printers to Keep the Channel No.1

In a recent effort to earn more subscribers for Felix Kjellberg’s channel ‘Pewdiepie’, a self-proclaimed Pewdiepie fan hacked over 50,000 printers. While no serious damage has been reported yet, the very point that it was accessed in an unauthorized manner opens the gates for legal issues.

The Feud

Presently, the YouTube platform stands witness to an ongoing feud between Kjellberg’s Pewdiepie and T-Series, and Indian Music Production house. The Swedish YouTuber’s Pewdiepie is famous for his entertaining gaming-related videos and vlogs, on the other hand, T-Series is a YouTube channel that broadcasts Bollywood songs and trailers.

While Pewdiepie is a one-man-show, its competitor T-Series is a full-fledged Music Production company that has been operating since the 1980s. Each of the two has over 73 million subscribers. Although the two channels work on separate niches, nothing seems to cool things off between these two channels.

Pewdiepie’s Troublesome History

Since quite some time, PewdiePie has enjoyed the No.1 position on YouTube. Nonetheless, it has been through its fair share of troubles. Earlier, this Swedish YouTuber was criticized for passing racist comments, to which he had later apologized.

Back in 2017, Kjellberg landed himself in trouble for making Nazi references, in fact, Disney severed all ties with Felix Kjellberg during this period.

The Printer Attack

This much-criticized boost was done by an unidentified person, who has been communicating under the pseudonym ‘TheTallGiraffe’.

The Hacker reportedly found 800,000 vulnerable printers through Shodhan, and then gained unauthorized access to about 50,000 Printers through a code. He claims to have written the code in less than 30 minutes.

Once hacked, these vulnerable printers ran a harmless message that urged for the Recipient’s support to PewdiePie, to keep him on his throne.

Justifying his intent, the attacker, alias TheTallGiraffe said

“Hackers could have stolen files, installed malware, caused physical damage to the printers and even use the printer as a foothold into the inner network.”

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