Hacked printers around the world asked people to sub to PewDiePie
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The user under the twitter name TheHackerGiraffe hacked many printers around the world just from boredom, forcing them to print messages asking to support the well-known gamer and YouTuber PewDiePie. As the culprit himself told the events in his twitter, he just got bored after a long game in Destiny 2 and he decided to hack something.
Owners of printers from different parts of the world were incredibly surprised when their mechanical assistants began spontaneously to print sheets of text. They decided that this is a new kind of advertisement from Pewdiepie itself.
“PewDiePie, the currently most subscribed to channel on YouTube, is at stake of losing his position as the number one position by an Indian company called T-Series that simply uploads videos of Bollywood trailers and campaigns,” the sheet says. The printout tells people to subscribe to Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg and to “tell everyone you know” about the YouTube race.
In fact, this whole situation, as the hacker himself admits, was created in order to show how easily your printers or any other gadget is subject to hacking. Actually, there is no need to be a professional in this area. Just an hour or so on specified resources. Hackers could steal your personal data, “files, installed malware, caused physical damage to the printers and even use the printer as a foothold into the inner network”.
“Ability to access files, damage the printer, access the internal network...things that could really cause damage. So I had to do this, to at least help organizations and people that can protect themselves. The most horrifying part is: I never considered hacking printers before, the whole learning, downloading and scripting process took no more than 30 minutes.”
You have a reason to look around you and think about whether all your personal devices are well protected from the intrusion of home-grown hackers. Nowadays, it is easy to erase a person from the information space from the other end of the world, without rising from a chair.
We hope much that game developers will also make an effort to interest players in their games, to prevent their boredom and the desire to “hack something”. Play more, ladies and gentlemen.