Hacker Duo Invade Chromecasts and Promote PewDiePie

Hackers hijack thousands of Chromecasts to warn of latest security bugFelix Kjellberg, known to the denizens of the internet as PewDiePie, is one of the most divisive figures of the 21st century. He has a fan following unlike any other in the history of the internet if we look at figures that built their followings from the internet itself rather than through movies, TV shows and music, and this has made him pop up here and there in a manner that is quite surprising. One of the latest examples of PewDiePie popping up where you least expected it was, well, random Chromecasts.

A hacker duo that referred to themselves as HackerGiraffe and j3ws3r hacked into about tens of thousand Chromecasts and showed the users of said devices a crudely crafted image that included two pictures of PewDiePie, a message talking about how the Chromecast exposes sensitive information about its user along with a short message at the bottom asking people to subscribe to PewDiePie’s YouTube channel.

Thousands of Google Chromecast Devices Hijacked to Promote PewDiePie
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This is not the first time that this hacker duo have attempted to promote PewDiePie. Their previous attempt was similarly whacky. They essentially hacked into printers and made those printers print sheets of paper that told people to subscribe to PewDiePie.

PewDiePie has been the most subscribed YouTuber on the platform by far for quite some time but a record label in India by the name of T-Series might just end up overtaking him after a rapid rise. This potential dethroning of PewDiePie has several people on the internet have been up in arms and it has elicited a surprisingly strong reaction. These hacks seem to be part of it. However, the hacker duo themselves have claimed that the main purpose of these attacks is to expose vulnerabilities and that promoting PewDiePie is just a bonus since he is their favorite YouTuber.

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