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

Published: 2/Jan/2019 20:02 Updated: 2/Jan/2019 20:22

by Alan Bernal

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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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Apex Legends pro ImperialHal swatted during Twitch stream

Published: 6/Jan/2021 9:54

by Jacob Hale

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Popular Apex Legends streamer and pro player Phillip ‘ImperialHal’ Dosen was swatted live on stream, causing concern among his fans and teammates.

Popular streamers, YouTubers and other internet personalities are often the most common victims of swatting – when someone makes a hoax call to law enforcement in order to make the police force dispatch a number of armed officers to a certain place, commonly said personalities’ homes.

On December 23, we saw Tfue get swatted live on stream and the hysteria that caused, and despite the dangers of it, it appears some still think it’s a fun idea to swat streamers.

Late in his January 5 broadcast, ImperialHal became the latest victim of a swatting incident, and it was captured on camera for all of his viewers to hear exactly what was going down.

Randomly between ranked matches, viewers heard a loud banging at ImperialHal’s door, followed up by a call of “Sheriff’s office,” making it clear almost immediately exactly what was going down.

Dosen quickly gets up from his chair after registering the sound outside of his game and you can hear him talking to the armed officers as they explain to him what he needs to be doing.

You can hear Hal complying with the police in the clip below, with them telling him to raise his hands and get on the ground for what they believe to be a serious crime to have been committed, with the streamer himself coming back a little while later, very calmly, explaining that he got swatted.

He said the officers were “pretty civil,” and that despite kicking down the door they “didn’t do anything crazy,” although they “did have pistols and sh*t.”

It does sound as though the officers had an idea about what was going on, realizing that Hal was streaming and playing video games online and suggesting he set up a VPN to try and prevent this from happening in the future.

Needless to say, the potential dangers associated with swatting are absolutely incredible. Lives have been lost due to this and people jailed for up to 20 years, so the sooner this ends the better.