Hackers Hijack Google Chromecasts

Hackers Hijack Google Chromecasts
Hacked devices play a YouTube video advising them to improve their security and subscribe to PewDiePie.

(CCM) — An anonymous hacker group has taken over tens of thousands of Google Chromecasts around the world, changing the name of the devices to "Hacked_sub2pewds_#" and forcing them to play a YouTube video supporting video blogger PewDiePie, the BBC is reporting.

The hackers claim to have taken over more than 65,000 Chromecast devices, although they have discovered almost twice that number which are vulnerable to their hack attack. A website set up by the hackers enables anyone to "live track" the extent of their hacking activities, according to the report.

The YouTube video message reads "Your Chromecast/Smart TV is exposed to the public internet and is exposing sensitive information about you!" After encouraging victims to visit a particular website it concludes with "…you should also subscribe to PewDiePie."

The BBC report says that Google denies that there is a flaw in the Chromecast which makes it vulnerable to the attack, but it appears to have found a way to thwart it.

The hackers claim that their intention is to highlight insecure devices around the world, and are simply using PewDiePie as a means to gain media attention. "People, lots of people, including corporate infrastructures, seem to think things like this are OK. It's not. And the only plausible way we can really spread the message is by showing people," one hacker explained to the BBC.

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