One PiewDiePie fan has hacked a slew of Google devices to promote the YouTube Megastar.
Considering the fact that PewDiePie is the most subscribed YouTuber on the platform, his fan base is unsurprisingly massive. But this fan base is also a fiercely loyal one, willing to do anything to defend the polarizing influencer. We've already seen his viewers hack The Wall Street Journal's front page due to the newspaper's coverage on PewDiePie. But one fan decided to go in a totally different direction.
According to Engadget, one person acting as a lone wolf known as TheHackerGiraffe managed to get thousands of Chromecasts, Google Home speakers, and Smart TVs under his control. He then had them all broadcast a message of sorts that contained both PewDiePie propaganda and a security warning. Once the script found an Internet device exposed, the device in question is promptly renamed before attempting to play a YouTube video that warns viewers to change their ways. It then ends with a (now broken) link to that offers assistance.
This may sound like a surprising and even worrying hack that has less to do with function or hardware issues; rather, it has to do with exposing way too many devices to the internet. This is even more dangerous if the device in question is either used for your home, contains sensitive information, or both. To fix this, configure your router so that any devices connected to it will not be exposed anymore (here, it would be ports 8008 and 8443). You'll also want to turn off Universal Plug and Play and other similar features unless you absolutely need them.
If you were affected by this bizarre and invasive hack, you may find some relief in that it's not going to hurt any affected devices too much. TheHackerGiraffe, the user behind this mess, insists that his actions won't reset any affected devices or create any grave damage. But that doesn't mean that it won't have any lasting impact for those that were hit. That's even more true for those who aren't as knowledgeable in technology to nix the hack quickly. It's safe to say that when it comes to defending PewDiePie, no one should ever underestimate the power of his fan base.