The famous Youtuber Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg has been witnessing unusual support from all over the world for his ongoing battle against the Indian entertainment corporation T-Series. And the strangest helps for PewDiePie normally come from the hackers who are PewDiePie’s fans.

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In the past, we have seen some pro-PewDiePie hackers hacking into printers, Smart TVs, Chromecasts in an attempt to raise up the number of subscribers for their favorite Youtuber. But just recently, the “Pewdiepie’s hackers” have taken this game to a whole new level

Pewdiepie Printer Hack
The result of Pewdiepie's hacker hacking into printers.

Recently there have been two separate hackers who have created ransomware that secretly lock victims’ files until they subscribe to PewDiePie’s channel.

One virus was simply named ‘PewDiePie Ransomware.” This one was created without the “crucial encryption keys”, which means that even this virus’ creator could not unlock the victims’ files if their computers are infected with this virus. The only way to open the files is that the victims choose to follow PewDiePie’s youtube channel.

This PewDiePie Ransomware was released in December 2018. But now, another ransomware program has also been released in March 2019.

The new one is named ‘PewCrypt,’ and this the malware’s function even goes beyond the capability of PewDiePie Ransomware. The PewCrypt will keep locking victims’ files until PewDiePie’s channel reaches 100 million subscribers, even after the victims have subscribed to the channel.

While ‘PewCrypt’ has an encryption key, which means it is fully reversible, this ransomware even features a more serious threat for the victims. If T-Series reach the 100 million subs before PewDiePie, this program will automatically delete the key, resulting in the victims’ information being locked for good.

However, the coder who wrote the PewCrypt released a statement regarding his virus. He said that the malware wasn’t meant to be something dangerous. To prove his words, he also posted the instructions on how to reverse his own program.

Earlier this month we have seen enough tragedies where the culprits bringing the term “subscribe to Pewdiepie” up. Hopefully, the race between this Youtuber and T-series will no longer result in any discomforts for the society anymore.