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PewDiePie hackers might permanently lock users’ files if T-Series wins

Published: 23/Mar/2019 0:12 Updated: 23/Mar/2019 0:46

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTuber Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg has seen support from across the globe in his ongoing battle against Bollywood label T-Series – most notably, from hackers.

While a few pro-PewDiePie hackers have infiltrated printers, Smart TVs, and even Chromecasts in an attempt to boost his subscriber count, more recent offenders may be taking the race too far.

According to investigative reports from ZDNet and Tubefilter, two separate hackers have created ransomware that secretly lock users’ files until they subscribe to PewDiePie’s channel.

TubefilterHackers famously infiltrated a series of printers over Wi-Fi, asking users to subscribe to PewDiePie in light of his battle with T-Series.

One of the viruses, simply named ‘PewDiePie Ransomware,’ does not contain “crucial encryption keys” – meaning that even the program’s creator would be unable to unlock users’ files, should their computer become infected.

While this initial virus began spreading in December 2018, another ransomware program has taken hold more recently in March 2019.

Dubbed ‘PewCrypt,’ the malware will continue to lock users’ files until PewDiePie reaches his 100 million subscriber goal, even after they subscribe.

While ‘PewCrypt’ contains an encryption key and is fully reversible, there is an unfortunate catch; should T-Series reach the 100 million milestone before PewDiePie, the program will delete the key, thus locking users’ information for good.

The creator of ‘PewCrypt’ later released a statement following the virus’s spread, stating that the malware wasn’t made maliciously – and even gave out instructions on how to reverse the program in a cheeky Tweet shortly thereafter.

PewDiePie’s race with T-Series continues to grow more and more intense, after the label surpassed Kjellberg a number of times in late March.

Despite this development, PewDiePie continues to hold his top spot on YouTube, thanks to his dedicated fanbase – including the hackers.

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Asmongold defends Forsen after learning the real reason for Twitch ban

Published: 27/Nov/2020 20:11

by Michael Gwilliam

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Popular Twitch star ‘Asmongold’ went to bat for fellow streamer Sebastian ‘Forsen’ Fors after the Swede was banned from the platform on November 26.

At first, no one knew the real reason for Forsen’s ban, with some thinking it may have been DMCA-related. However, viewers soon discovered that for a brief moment in a recent broadcast he showed a gif of a horse in a very inappropriate scene.

Despite this, Asmongold decided to stick up for Forsen during his own broadcast and call out Twitch for banning him due to an honest mistake.

“How the f**k is that going to be TOS? If…I don’t understand. You’ve got other people and they’re going around showing Animal Planet,” he explained. “Like you see literal animals killing each other, but you see a horse’s d**k?”

To this, Asmongold makes an interesting point. There are streams on Twitch that document animals in the wild and they can get into some rather freaky situations that, while natural, aren’t exactly the kind of thing you’d show your boss.

“Listen, horses don’t wear clothes, you know that?” the streamer sarcastically stated. “So, if you look at a horse, you’re going to see their d**k. Like, that’s all there is to it. It’s weird, man.”

However, right after making this argument, the streamer learned that it wasn’t just the horse that got Forsen banned, but the girl who was in the gif with the animal that changed the whole conversation. Briefly, anyway.

“Okay, that’s a little bit different,” he confessed. “It’s a little bit more than what I thought it was.”

Despite this, Asmongold still defended Forsen for the mistake of showing the gif. “I don’t think it’s really that big of a deal. You show that for like a second, right? Cause it’s an accident.”

According to the popular World of Warcraft player, one second of footage shouldn’t determine a whole Twitch career. “That seems stupid to me,” he added. “But you know, here we are.”

Unfortunately for Forsen, the streamer says this time, his ban is indefinite and it’s unclear when, if ever, he will be unbanned.

Hopefully, with Asmongold speaking out, Twitch can agree to let this incident slide and let Fors back on the platform so he can stream again.