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Wall Street Journal’s website hacked to show fake apology to PewDiePie

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The Wall Street Journal was made an unwilling participant in a YouTube power struggle when hackers took over a page on the newspaper’s website to post a message of support for YouTuber Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg.

A page on the site was altered to fake an apology to PewDiePie for “misrepresentation,” and said the newspaper would be supporting the YouTuber in his effort to beat T-Series, a Bollywood-focused YouTube account, to 80 million subscribers. The hacked page also included a number of memes featuring PewDiePie and T-Series.

PewDiePie is the world’s most popular YouTuber account with more than 77 million subscribers, but many have predicted that T-Series would surpass him by the end of the year.

This hacked page appeared on the Wall Street Journal website earlier today.
“The Wall Street Journal”/Wayback Machine

The page was eventually taken down by The Wall Street Journal. Variety reports that the page in question was not directly associated with the Wall Street Journal newsroom, and is managed by advertising branch WSJ Custom Solutions.


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PewDiePie tweeted a link to the page before it was deleted, claiming that The Wall Street Journal had joined his campaign against T-Series. The YouTuber has had a contentious relationship with the media — and specifically The Wall Street Journal — after being repeatedly criticized for racist behavior and promoting anti-Semitic YouTube accounts.

This isn’t the first time hackers have taken action in support of PewDiePie. A hacker using the Twitter handle @j3ws3r claimed responsibility for accessing more than 100,000 printers across the world and forcing them to print a pro-PewDiePie message. The hacker claims that the goal of the printer hacks are to point out common security flaws within IT networks. A first round of printer hacks took place in November, and over the weekend even more printers began spitting out the message of support.

While PewDiePie has acknowledged the printer hacks, he has not claimed any involvement in the scheme, nor has he discouraged the hackers. His account remains slightly ahead of T-Series in subscribers at the moment.

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