YouTube nuisance, PewDiePie’s race to remain ahead of T-Series just got more intense. After hacking thousands of printers in support of YouTube’s most popular vlogger, fans of PewDiePie have now hit the Wall Street Journal’s website.
Hackers were able to hack a section of the website to publish a note on behalf of the publication. It said that The Wall Street Journal wanted to apologize to the YouTuber.
“Due to misrepresentation by our journalists, those of whom have now been fired, we are sponsoring pewdiepie to reach maximum subscribers and beat Tseries to 80million,” the message read. The hacked page was later removed from the site for obvious reasons.
It is worth mentioning here that last month, a PewDiePie supporter had hijacked over 50,000 printers. The printers were thus exploited to print messages asking people to subscribe to YouTuber’s channel.
These incidents underline another message in the mix too…that of the security as explained by a hacker. “I’ve been trying to show that ‘hacking’ isn’t a game or toy, it can have serious real-life consequences,” BBC quoted the hacker as saying.
“We really want people to pay attention to this because causing physical damage is very much a possibility,” he added, highlighting that printer firmware isn’t designed to be written to constantly. “If you keep the loop on enough, the chip will fry and the printer will no longer function.”
The man behind the video is Swedish YouTuber Felix Kjellberg. He often comes under fire for using racist and anti-Semitic language in his channel’s promotion.