The battle of YouTube supremacy took a turn for strange as a Redditor fan of PewDiePie, who goes by the handlle TheHackerGiraffe hacked over 50,000 printers worldwide to encourage them to subscribe to PewDiePie, the YouTuber with the highest subscribers.
The race for top stop has seen some breathless campaigning by both sides with T-Series (with 72.5 million subscribers at the time of writing) almost having caught up to PewDiePie (with 72.6 million subscribers).
With T-Series so close, fans of PewDiePie have been running campaigns online and in real life to help PewDiePie maintain his status of the Numero Uno star on YouTube, but T-Series, which already holds the crown for the channel with most views (54 billion) has been making gains, and fast.
PewDiePie fans and their (mis)adventures
Thousands of PewDiePie fans have been running several campaigns ranging from silly to innovative, and have turned the issue in a PewDiePie vs T-Series war (in a funny way) and have also started a hashtag, #SavePewDiePie.
They have also spawned a series of memes on Reddit, with the r/PewdiepieSubmissions leading the way asking for the community to raise awareness (I’m serious, yet can’t control my laughter).
And the calls have not gone unnoticed, as someone bought a $1M billboard on New York’s Time Square asking people to subscribe to PewDiePie that resulted in this meme.
This was following several other humourous attempts like playing PewDiePie’s song “Bitch Lasagna” at a club for 9 ours.
It’s all fun and games but is the issue serious?
The issue is definitely prevalent with TheHackerGiraffe in a Reddit post stating that he only sent these prints to 50,000 of almost a million vulnerable printers.
What’s worse is
While the prank itself may only be silly and not malicious, with the advent of connected devices era this certainly poses important questions around security of such devices.
Responding to a Question from TechRad.io, TheHackerGiraffe had this to say about the vulnerability and it’s potential dangers.
With almot a million printers out there are are vulnerable, it’s only a matter of time before a major incident takes place.