Promotion of PewDiePie channel, hackers controlling Chromecasts

Well, team of two hackers forcefully promoting PewDiePie channel by enforcing TV channels to expose a piece of information where it asks people to subscribe his YouTube channel.


What are Chromecasts?

Media adapter that authorize users to play videos, music online from Google. This adapter can be connected to USB port. It also plugs into the TV’s HDMI and serves as a dongle.

These hackers have taken over almost 1000’s of Google Chromecast streaming devices. They are forcing the devices to play the YouTube video of their own choice. Meanwhile, they are provoking the users to subscribe their YouTube channel.

Hackers have written stating that “We want to help you, and also our favorite YouTubers, especially PewDiePie. They also added that we are only trying to protect you and inform you about this before someone else takes real advantage of it”. However, hackers do not have access to user’s Google account or home microphone. Hence, user’s personal information remains secure.

Meanwhile, Google also replied back to this saying that “We have received reports from users who have had an unauthorized video player on their TV via a Chromecast device. This is not an issue with Chromecast specifically, but it is rather the result of router setting that makes smart devices, including Chromecast, publicly reachable” (Source TechCrunch).

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How to fix this PewDiePie issue?

The attack, which is being referred to as CastHack, is being conducted by two hackers, HackerGiraffe and j3ws3r. A website for the attack claims to count the number of TVs forced to show the PewDiePie message and currently says more than 3,000 have been affected. While it’s not clear that this is an accurate number (it has reset several times), a number of people posted on Reddit that the video had appeared on their TV.

To stop the attack, you need to go into your router’s settings. Then turn off a feature called UPnP – or ‘Universal Plug and Play’. It’s designed in order to simplify the work for your devices to find each other on the same WiFi network. But it can also permits people to access devices from outside your WiFi network too. This isn’t the first time PewDiePie’s fans have pulled a hacking stunt to get the YouTube star more subscribers. Back in December, HackerGiraffe is believed to have hacked 50,000 printers. It produced paper messages asking people to subscribe to PewDiePie on YouTube.

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