A PewDiePie fan hacked 50,000 printers to help him keep his YouTube crown

3 December 2018, 12:48

PewDiePie Printer Hacked
PewDiePie Printer Hacked. Picture: PewDiePie YouTube Channel / @maddybenavente1

By Woodrow Whyte

A PewDiePie fan, who goes by the name TheHackerGiraffe, has claimed responsibility for hacking over 50,000 printers to print a message encouraging people to subscribe to Felix's channel.

The battle between PewDiePie and T-Series for the title of most subscribed channel on YouTube got even weirder after someone hacked 50,000 printers around the world and printed a message urging people to subscribe to PewDiePie's channel.

For those not in the loop, PewDiePie is currently the most subscribed to channel on YouTube. That might not be the case for much longer because an Indian production company called T-Series, which primarily posts music videos and trailers on its channel, is getting within spitting distance of Felix as the most subscribed YouTube channel in the world.

A PewDiePie fan, who goes by the name TheHackerGiraffe, has claimed responsibility for hacking over 50,000 printers to print a message encouraging people to subscribe to Felix's channel.

As reported by NME, TheHackerGiraffe took to Reddit to fess up to the deed: “I hacked 50,000 printers worldwide out of potential 800,000 for PewDiePie and security awareness,” he said on the site’s AMA page.

Later, on Twitter, he went into a detailed explanation of how he pulled of the stunt. The tl;dr is that you should throw your printer out of a window immediately, never go on the internet again, and hide in a cave for a very long time.

"I was bored after playing Destiny 2 for a continous 4 hours, and decided I wanted to hack something. So I thought of any vulnerable protocols I could find on shodan. While playing around on Shodan, the idea came to me that maybe I can hack printers around the world to print something, I didn't know what at the time. After learning about the three different printing protocols (IPP, LPD, JetDirect), I went and searched those ports on shodan"

"I was horrified to see over 800,000 results show up in total. I was baffled, but determined to try and fix this. So I picked the first 50,000 printers I found running on port 9100 and downloaded the list off shodan. Now I had to think...What to print? It didn't take me long to realize that the most perfect thing to print would be a message supporting our dear overlord @pewdiepie himself! And so I opened up my text editor and typed up the following note"

Yes, that was definitely the most perfect thing. Perfect. Absolutely perfect. Here's the whole thread if you too would like to hack 50,000 printers for your own nefarious means.

People were very confused by the hack.

This reminds us of the time everyone got a free copy of that U2 album that nobody asked for. That worked out pretty well for them, didn't it?

Did your printer get hacked? Let us know @wetheunicorns