Over 50,000 Printers Hacked to Promote Youtube Channel

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  • Hacker hijacked over 50,000 vulnerable internet-connected printers worldwide to print out flyers requesting everyone to PewDiePie YouTube channel.
  • A twitter who goes by the handle “TheHackerGiraffe” is behind the attack.
  • Hacker said he did it to help PewDiePie YouTube channel to remain as the most subscribed channel in the world.
  • Hacker used  Printer Exploitation Toolkit (PRET) to compromise the printers.

Hacker hijacked over 50,000 printers to print out flyers requesting everyone to promote and subscribe PewDiePie YouTube channel.

PewDiePie is a popular youtube famous owned by Felix Kjellberg which is famous for video game commentatory and pranks. It is the channel with most subscribers since 2013.

Hackers who goes by the Twitter handle “TheHackerGiraffe” was behind the attack and said that he did it to help PewDiePie to defeat T-series.

T-Series an Indian company who is in the second place for the most subscribers in youtube and upload videos of Bollywood songs and trailers.

“PewDiePie is in trouble, and he needs your help to defeat T-Series!”

“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,”

Hacker scanned the internet for printers with port 9100 open using Shodan and exploited them to promote the channel.

The hacker used Printer Exploitation Toolkit (PRET) to compromise over 50,000 vulnerable internet-connected printers worldwide to promote it. PRET is designed by researchers from Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany for testing printers against vulnerabilities.

The attack has exposed more than 50,000 to vulnerable to attack. The attackers can also use this as an entry point and compromise the entire network.

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