Thursday January 03, 2019

Hackers Use Smart TVs to Promote PewDiePie

Motherboard says that 2 hackers tapped into Chromecasts and Smart TVs to promote the prolific Youtuber PewDiePie. "HackerGiraffe" and "j3ws3r," the duo behind the attack, were reportedly behind an older hack that forced 50,000 printers to print PewDiePie Propaganda. The hackers also posted, and linked to, a site dedicated to the hack, showing the total number of hacked devices and telling users how to fix the vulnerability that led to it. That site has since gone down, and the YouTube video they linked to has been deleted, but the Internet Archive managed to capture the site before it went down.

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"If you came here because you're a victim of #CastHack, then know that your Chromecast/SmartTV/GoogleHome is exposed to the public internet, and is leaking sensitive information related to your device and home," HackerGiraffe/j3ws3r wrote on the site. "We want to help you, and also our favorite YouTubers (mostly PewDiePie). We're only trying to protect you and inform you of this before someone takes real advantage of it. Imagine the consequences of having access to the information above."