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PewDiePie printer hackers launch second attack

(Image credit: Image Credit: KlausAires / Pixabay)

A hacker (or a group of hackers) is taking over printers all over the world and using it to promote one of the most popular YouTube channels.

Thousands of devices have been hijacked to print messages of support for PewDiePie's YouTube channel, and also to secure their printers because they are vulnerable and could be destroyed.

The attack comes as YouTube's most popular single content creator, PewDiePie aims to maintain his position as the account with the most subscribers in the world, which has been threatened by T-Series, an Indian music label.

The team behind these attacks are looking to support him by taking over printers all over the world, and having them print messages in support of PewDiePie. According to the BBC, more than 50,000 printers all over the world have been violated: in the UK, US, Argentina, Spain, Australia and Chile, to name a few.

The latest message reads:

"What to do: 1. Unsubscribe from T-Series, 2. Subscribe to PewDiePie, 3. Share awareness to this issue #SavePewDiePie #PrinterHack2, 4. Tell everyone you know. Seriously. 5. Fix your printer. It can be abused! 6. Brofist”.

Security experts are warning everyone to secure their printers by regularly auditing all connected devices, installing the latest security updates and making sure only the devices that really need the internet are connected”.

Image Credit: KlausAires / Pixabay

Sead Fadilpašić

Sead is a freelance journalist with more than 15 years of experience in writing various types of content, from blogs, whitepapers, and reviews to ebooks, and many more, across sites including Al Jazeera Balkans, TechRadar Pro, IT Pro Portal, and CryptoNews.