Hackers reportedly streaming PewDiePie messaging to open Smart TVs

Thousands of hacked Chromecasts and smart TVs are hijacked to show this image.                  Screenshot by Alfred Ng  CNET

Thousands of hacked Chromecasts and smart TVs are hijacked to show this image. Screenshot by Alfred Ng CNET

Thousands of Google Chromecasts, Google Home smart speakers, and smart TVs with inbuilt casting support have been targeted for two ostensible reasons - to show people that their devices are vulnerable, and second to promote PewDiePie.

So basically a router setting that makes smart devices, like Chromecasts and Google Homes, publicly viewable on the internet.

The two hackers who go by handles @HackerGiraffe and @j3ws3r explain the motive behind the attack.

"If you came here because you're a victim of #CastHack, then know that your Chromecast/SmartTV/GoogleHome is exposed to the public internet, and is leaking sensitive information related to your device and home", the site reads.

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And the New York Police Department said they were ready to help, saying they were sending backup donuts. Soon enough, other police departments from around the USA responded to the incident, too.

The Google Home has been around for almost a year now, and in that time it has evolved considerably. The devices expose these ports on internal networks, where users can send commands from their smartphones or computers to the devices for remote management purposes. As for the number of hacked devices, the website for the attack claims over 21,000 devices have been made to show the video, with over 24,000 devices "exposed" at the time of writing.

Users are encouraged to disable UPnP (Universal Plug'n'Play) on their routers, a setting which makes the hack possible when enabled.

It's worth noting that the hackers' true motivations between both of these attacks (they seem to have been perpetrated by the same individuals) could be more legitimate than they appear. "We're only trying to protect you and inform you of this before someone takes real advantage of it", the hackers said.

Disney: Hackers Claim Have Stolen Upcoming Movie An Demand Money - 05/16/2017 07:28 AMDisney Chief Bob Iger Says Hackers Claim to Have Stolen an upcoming movie, this rumoured is to be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. While it may not be an advert in the conventional sense, a message is now being broadcast to televisions around the world, warning viewers that Chromecast let them do it.

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