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PewDiePie fans hack The Wall Street Journal and more printers

PewDiePie fans hack The Wall Street Journal and more printers

Fans of YouTube star PewDiePie have hacked printers again. They also attacked The Wall Street Journal. The fans hope that their actions will win more followers for the vlogger in his fight against the Bollywood music channel T-Series. That’s what Silicon Angle reports.

The vlogger is in a battle with T-Series for subscribers. T-Series began a rapid growth in its subscribers a few months ago, and in October the two channels were in a neck to neck race. However, PewDiePie is still the largest channel on YouTube and its fans want to keep it that way.

The fans attacked around 50,000 printers worldwide earlier this month. After the hack, the printers started to print flyers in which people were told to subscribe to the PewDiePie channel.

The new attack, led by the same hacker as the previous hack, caused messages about the vlogger’s channel to be printed by over 100,000 printers worldwide. There are few details about the new attack, but according to Alex Bazhaniuk, co-founder and CTO of Eclypsium, it seems that the attacker exploits vulnerabilities in printers that are accessible to everyone on the internet.

Wall Street Journal

In addition, another hacked into The Wall Street Journal and placed fake news about the star on a page. That hack took place yesterday. After the attack it said on a page “WallStreet Journal would like to apologize to PewDiePie. Due to a misrepresentation of our journalists, who are now fired, we are now sponsoring PewDiePie to collect a maximum number of subscribers and to reach the 80 million subscribers earlier than T-Series. We also need your credit card number, expiration date and the three good numbers on the back to win a chicken dinner in Fortnite.”

The Wall Street Journal says it’s aware of the attack. The page was taken offline within ten minutes. In February 2017, the newspaper published an article in which various examples of anti-Semitic videos of the vlogger were described. Since then, the relationship between the newspaper and PewDiePie has been strained.

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