Hacker hijacks 50,000 printers worldwide urging people to subscribe to PewDiePie

California: A hacker has claimed responsibility for taking over 50,000 printers worldwide to print a strange message asking people to subscribe to YouTuber PewDiePie.

The hacker, who goes by the Twitter handle, TheHackerGiraffe, has claimed responsibility for the attack in a Reddit AMA that reads, ‘I hacked 50,000 printers worldwide out of potential 800,000 for PewDiePie and security awareness.’

In the AMA thread, the hacker reveals that he used Shodan, a repository for internet connected devices where he found 80,000 connected printers and decided to attack 50,000 of them to raise awareness about printer security. Of the attacked printers, about 15000 printers were in India.