[OFFICE AUTOMATION] Hacking of 50,000 printers to promote PewDiePie’s YouTube channel

The war for the first place in the “most popular Youtube channel” between T-Series and PewDiePie has just taken a very incongruous turn! A hacker has successfully hijacked more than 50,000 Internet-connected printers around the world to print flyers asking the public to subscribe to PewDiePie’s YouTube channel! This Swedish youtubeur, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, is known for his video game reviews and has the most subscribers on YouTube since 2013. However, the channel owned by the Bollywood record company T-Series has caught up in recent months, and now both channels have about 72.5 million YouTube subscribers. Fearing that PewDiePie would remain number one, an anonymous hacker known as “TheHackerGiraffe” had the idea to compromise more than 50,000 printers. TheHackerGiraffe scanned the Internet to find the list of vulnerable printers using Shodan, a search engine for devices connected to the Internet. Printer hack is not a new phenomenon, quite the contrary. By early 2017, a hacker had successfully compromised more than 150,000 desktop and reception printers to raise awareness among companies.