PewDiePie fans are now hacking Smart TVs and Chromecasts to help in race with T-Series

Alan Bernal

The battle for YouTube supremacy between Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg and Indian entertainment label T-Series has led a duo of hackers to employ a new strategy to attract wandering eyes to their plight.

PewDiePie is the most subscribed channel on the streaming site but the position has been threatened by the popular music label which has led his legion of fans to cook up marketing plans for the Swedish content creator.

Digital infiltrators HackerGiraffe and j3ws3r have returned with another public service hack that also serves to get people subscribed to PewDiePie, but this time they targeted vulnerable media casting devices.

In what they are calling #CastHack, the pair of White Hat hackers are remotely accessing vulnerable castable devices displaying a message urging people to learn how to protect themselves from the exploit as well as subscribe to PewDiePie.

The hack has been targeting casting devices such Smart TV’s, Google Home products, and Chromecasts that have their router settings opened for an attack.

Although victims are sure to be burdened by the attack, the hackers provide a simple fix for the incursion by disabling Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) on their router settings.

The pair were also responsible for over 800,000 printers remotely activating to perform the same essential function: educate people that their device is vulnerable to a hack and to subscribe to PewDiePie.

Their attack does not appear to be harmful in nature, but is a telling movement of what PewDiePie fans will do to keep the YouTuber on top and halt the rise of T-Series.

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Alan is a former staff writer for Dexerto based in Southern California who covered esports, internet culture, and the broader games/streaming industry. He is a CSUF Alum with a B.A. in Journalism. He's reported on sports medicine, emerging technology, and local community issues. Got a tip or want to talk?