YouTuber PewDiePie is battling Indian channel T-Sequence in a bid to retain his standing because the YouTuber with probably the most subscribers.
One fan hacked 50,000 printers over the weekend to print out a message urging individuals to subscribe to his channel.
Each channels have greater than 73 million subscribers, with PewDiePie at the moment within the lead by about 300,000.
T-Sequence shares Bollywood movie trailers and music movies, whereas PewDiePie posts online game commentaries and vlogs.
The nameless printer hacker, going by the identify Hacker Giraffe, mentioned they’d recognized 800,000 printers with open safety settings and chosen 50,000 to print out help for PewDiePie.
The vulnerability might have been used to trigger “main havoc”, the hacker informed technology news website The Verge.
“Hackers might have stolen information, put in malware, prompted bodily harm to the printers and even used the printer as a foothold into the inside community,” they mentioned.
“Essentially the most horrifying half is I by no means thought of hacking printers earlier than, the entire studying, downloading and scripting course of took not more than 30 minutes.”
Different YouTubers, together with Mr Beast and Markiplier, who between them have 33 million subscribers, have additionally made movies urging their followers to subscribe to PewDiePie.
In a video he posted himself in regards to the struggle to retain his crown, PewDiePie – whose actual identify is Felix Kjellberg – mentioned he was having fun with the help.
“All of this help to maintain me on prime is so humorous. I like it. Please stick with it,” he mentioned.
“However do not do something unlawful OK… as a result of that may look unhealthy on me.”
Based on the web site Social Blade, PewDiePie is gaining a median of 144,656 subscribers per day whereas T-Sequence is averaging 157,656.
T-Sequence has not posted something in regards to the scenario however it has been described by some observers as a David versus Goliath battle.
“T-Sequence, having began within the 1980s, is a legacy model in India, a rustic with a inhabitants of 1.three billion individuals,” wrote Matt Binder on the tech site Mashable.
“It has workers and a complete roster stuffed with musical artists and Bollywood superstars that it depends on to pump out as many as half a dozen extremely produced music movies per day.
“In distinction, PewDiePie is only one man placing out one vlog or online game stream per day.”
PewDiePie has confronted criticism up to now over a few of his YouTube content material.
In 2017, Disney cut ties with him after a number of movies he launched had been discovered to comprise Nazi references or anti-Semitic imagery.
Later within the 12 months, he apologised for utilizing a racist slur throughout a video reside stream.
In the summertime of 2018, he deleted a submit that mocked singer Demi Lovato, who was in hospital being handled for a drug overdose.
It confirmed Demi asking her mum for cash for a burger earlier than spending it on heroin as an alternative.
Afterwards he mentioned he “did not totally know in regards to the scenario” and realised his submit had been “insensitive”.