YouTuber PewDiePie has taken a lead over T-Series when it comes to the race of being the top channel on Google’s video platform. However, this certainly has not stopped his followers from asking people to subscribe to PewDiePie’s YouTube channel. And now, the battle between T-Series and PewDiePie has taken a new turn altogether.
A report claims that two hackers have targeted Google’s Chromecast devices to promote PewDiePie’s Felix Kjellberg. These hackers have compromised Chromecast dongles to show users a message to subscribe to PewDiePie’s YouTube channel. Furthermore, these hackers have said that they have successfully targeted over 70,000 Chromecast devices.
The message prompting to users was, “CastHack, Hacking Chromecasts/Google Homes/SmartTVs, Progress: 123141/123141 [100.00000%], Running for 1 hour, 4 minutes, 23 seconds, SUBSCRIBE TO PEWDIEPIE.”
Our chromecast and smart TV hack is now complete. Thank you and please, stay say, and most importantly: never leave a port open someone can mess with.https://t.co/H2WOHQNkE8
Thank you to my partner @HackerGiraffe
— j3ws3r 🖨 (@j3ws3r) January 3, 2019
The Twitter handles of both the hackers are @HackerGiraffe and @j3ws3r and they took to the platform to tell why they chose to hack the devices. The hackers said, “If you came here because you’re a victim of #CastHack, then know that your Chromecast/SmartTV/GoogleHome is exposed to the public internet, and is leaking sensitive information related to your device and home. We want to help you, and also our favorite YouTubers (mostly PewDiePie). We’re only trying to protect you and inform you of this before someone takes real advantage of it. Imagine the consequences of having access to the information above.”
It is worth noticing that this is not the first time that common people have become the targets of hackers to promote PewDiePie. To recall, last month some hackers defaced the Wall Street Journal website with a false apology and asked people to subscribe to PewDiePie.
Prior to that, a hacker said that he took over 50,000 printers across the globe to print strange messages which asked people to subscribe to PewDiePie’s YouTube channel. As of now, T-Series has around 78 million subscribers and PewDiePie has more than 79 million subscribers on YouTube.
The rivalry between PewDiePie and T-Series has been going on for months now and each is trying to garner more followers in order to defeat each other. While currently, PewDiePie is in the lead, let’s see who ultimately wins this battle.