The PewDiePie Printer Hack Can Be an Eye-Opener for Crypto Security
If you frequent YouTube then you have probably heard of PewDiePie. It is the most popular channel on the network attracting billions of visitors every day – it has attracted over 19 billion visitors over the past 5 years. Now PewDiePie is risking falling back to second place thanks to a new upcoming channel: Indian music production T-Series.
Thousands of gamers and fans have come out in support of PewDiePie in a bid to keep the channel at the top. One hacker, in particular, has gone above and beyond.
Known only as TheHackerGiraffe, this hacker has conducted a massive campaign to get more people onboard the “save PewDiePie” wagon. The hacker has conducted a massive printing campaign by hacking thousands of Internet-connected printers across the world. The hacker managed to access over 50,000 computers across the world and printed an array of messages all in support for PewDiePie.
What is even more impressive is how this hacker did it. The brazen hacker took to Twitter, seemingly impressed by the campaign’s success. “I was bored after playing Destiny 2 for a continuous 4 hours,” the hacker said, “so I decided I want to hack something. So I thought of any vulnerable protocols I could find on Shodan.” Shodan is a search engine designed to search for internet-connected devices.
The hacker got results of over 800,000 printers but decided to settle on 50,000. The hack was perpetrated using a tool called PRET. In his own words, the hacker was surprised by the capabilities of PRET and how easily it could be manipulated. “PRET had the scariest of features. 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,” TheHackerGiraffe wrote.
It is truly impressive and some may even say innocent, but it raises critical issues for the world of cryptocurrency.
— Danny Highlights 🚫🥜 (@Hlt_tm) November 27, 2018
An Unlikely Security Flaw
Blockchain, the platform on which cryptocurrencies run, is popular for its exceptional security standards. To this end, it is virtually impossible for hackers to manipulate cryptocurrencies. However, the recent hack has revealed an unforeseen vulnerability in that hackers can now get access to sensitive data such as private keys to individuals’ cryptocurrency accounts.
Most cryptocurrency users tend to print their Bitcoin wallet recovery seeds using Internet-connected computers. What’s more, many people store sensitive information about their cryptocurrency accounts in soft documents on their phones and computers. Hackers may have a difficult time hacking the Blockchain platform, but they can easily get access to this sensitive information.
To this end, experts recommend not using anything connected to the internet to print or store sensitive information regarding your cryptocurrency accounts.
The Blockchain platform may be as tough as nails to crack, but hackers have just found an easier way to get to your cryptocurrencies: by getting to your accounts’ sensitive information. To this end, prudence dictates that you store all your sensitive information offline and boost your cyber-security measures just in case.