Two hackers, known as HackerGiraffe and j3ws3r, exposed a tremendous vulnerability in Google's popular Chromecast device. The device is meant to be a cheap, simple way to stream apps like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and more straight to your TV. However, The Verge says that it turns out a router setting can make smart devices, such as the Google Chromecast, become publicly viewable on the Internet. From there, the hacker duo was able to control the devices and display videos onto the Chromecast.
This is not the only hack they've done. In the past, they've said that they were behind a printer scheme where someone hacked printers around the world and made them print out papers telling people to subscribe to PewDiePie. The hackers have been praised for helping out in the war against T-Series. According to The Verge, their website says,
“We want to help you, and also our favorite YouTubers (mostly PewDiePie). We’re only trying to protect you and inform you of this [vulnerability] before someone takes real advantage of it.”
HackerGiraffe and j3ws3r are doing great things from how I see it. They're helping out some of their favorite YouTubers, and in the process, exposing flaws in security around the world. They've been great at helping to protect others', privacy through a fun, prankful way. The two hackers will have a good path ahead for them.