If you have ever been on YouTube you will likely know who PewDiePie is as the Swedish entertainer has grossed over 70 million subscribers on the platform, consequently, the creative was crowned the most popular channel and has continued to hold the number 1 spot for some time now.
However, recently his claim to the throne has been at risk as T-Series, a channel owned by an Indian music production company, has grown to within just 27,000 subscribers of Felix. Well, it looks like one hacker took matters into his own hands as printers all over the world started printing PewDiePie propaganda with no explanation or reasoning provided to the owners of the device. Since this took place, an individual known as ‘TheHackerGiraffe’ on Twitter took responsibility for the events that took place after a huge number of people started uploading images of the message that was printed.
As for what was printed, a message claiming that “PewDiePie, the currently most subscribed to channel on YouTube, is at stake of losing his position as the number one position by an Indian company called T-Series that simply uploads videos of Bollywood trailers and campaigns,” adding that those who received the sheet should “tell everyone you know” about the YouTube race, subscribe to PewDiePie and unsubscribe from T-Series before signing the letter off with an ASCII representation of a “brofist,” a gesture Felix has become known for. Take a look at the tweets regarding this incident below.
3. I was horrified to see over 800,000 results show up in total. I was baffled, but determined to try and fix this. So I picked the first 50,000 printers I found running on port 9100 and downloaded the list off shodan.— TheHackerGiraffe (@HackerGiraffe) 1 December 2018
5 (continued). PRET had the scariest of features. Ability to access files, damage the printer, access the internal network...things that could really cause damage. So I had to do this, to at least help organizations and people that can protect themselves.— TheHackerGiraffe (@HackerGiraffe) 1 December 2018
7. Commands.txt contains the following:— TheHackerGiraffe (@HackerGiraffe) 1 December 2018
That's literally it.