PewDiePie And T-Series are two of Youtube’s vloggers with the highest subscribers. Both YouTubers are secretly battling to be the channel with most subscribers on YouTube.
T-Series is an Indian channel and it shares Bollywood film trailers and music videos, while PewDiePie posts video game commentaries and vlogs.
Both channels have more than 73 million subscribers, with PewDiePie currently in the lead by about 300,000.
PewDiePie Is Getting Help
Other YouTubers have lend their support to PewDiePie. They include Mr Beast and Markiplier, who between them have 33 million subscribers. They even made videos urging their followers to subscribe to PewDiePie.
One PewdiePie fan hacked 50,000 printers last weekend to print out a message urging people to subscribe to his channel. It is not clear as at the time of typing this post if the fan did the act on his own volition or was paid.
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The fan is still anonymous , but he goes by the moniker Hacker Giraffe. He said they had identified 800,000 printers with open security settings and selected 50,000 to print out support for PewDiePie.
The vulnerability could have been used to cause “major havoc”, the hacker told technology news website The Verge.
“Hackers could have stolen files, installed malware, caused physical damage to the printers and even used the printer as a foothold into the inner network,” they said.
“The most horrifying part is I never considered hacking printers before, the whole learning, downloading and scripting process took no more than 30 minutes.”
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PewDiePie And T-Series Battle On
PewDiePie whose real name is Felix Kjellberg said he was enjoying the support in a video he posted himself about the fight to retain his crown.
“All of this support to keep me on top is so funny. I love it. Please keep it up,” he said.
“But don’t do anything illegal OK… because that will look bad on me.”
According to the website Social Blade, PewDiePie is gaining an average of 144,656 subscribers per day while T-Series is averaging 157,656.
T-Series has not posted anything about the situation but it has been described by some observers as a David versus Goliath battle.
“T-Series, having started in 1983 , is a legacy brand in India, a country with a population of 1.3 billion people,” wrote Matt Binder on the tech site Mashable.
“It has employees and an entire roster full of musical artists and Bollywood superstars that it relies on to pump out as many as half a dozen highly produced music videos per day.
“In contrast, PewDiePie is just one guy putting out one vlog or video game stream per day.”