On Monday, hackers wrote an article on the Wall Street Journal website The which made a fake apology to YouTube megastar PewDiePie.
The article previously reported how Felix Kjellberg, known as "PewDiePie", shared anti-Semitic messages with tens of millions of subscribers. After an investigation WSJ broke off the connection to Kjellberg.
The blemish also highlights the ongoing spit between Kjellberg and competing YouTube channel T-Series, which is about to overtake him as the most popular YouTube channel on the planet.
The motherboard became aware of the blemish when someone who claimed to be responsible for the crime sent an email. "Why: beat T series," said the anonymous person opposite motherboard.
Caption: A screenshot of the blemish on the WSJ website. Picture: Motherboard.
The message posted on the website WSJ reads: "The WallStreet Journal would like to apologize to Pewdiepie. Due to the misrepresentation of our journalists who have since been fired, we sponsor Pewdiepie to reach the maximum number of subscribers, beating Tseries up to 80 million.
The T-Series currently has 75 million subscribers on YouTube, while Kjellbeg has 77 million subscribers. The hacker post continued with a series of memes, encouraging readers to subscribe to the PewDiePie channel.
At the time of writing, the page itself is offline. Online archives are available however.
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"We also need your credit card number, expiration date, and the lucky 3 digits on the back to win the Chicken Dinner in Fortnite," the message says, also without contact information.
Shortly after PewDiePie tweeted herself a link to the blemish Adding "lol put her out, WSJ is still in a list
The defecation itself appeared in a section of the site WSJ Paid content published for commercial partners according to the site, in particular, the site is linked to the cyber security firm Oracle, Oracle did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The person claiming responsibility for the blemish has stated that she has received credentials for the WSJ Content Management System .
"Your password w ar her username ". the person added. (The motherboard could not confirm this independently.)
A spokesperson for WSJ said to Motherboard in an email, "We are aware of the problem and the page has been discontinued." The site was owned by WSJ. A unit of the promotional arm that is not affiliated with the Wallroom Journal Newsroom. We've launched a full investigation. "
This is just the latest trick PewDiePie fans are launching to encourage more people to see the canal. Last month, a hacker ordered orders from printers around the world to print a message requesting viewers to subscribe to PewDiePie. Last week, the hacker repeated the stunt.
Last Week The Verge reported that Kjellberg had addressed a channel containing content with anti-Semitic messages. The shout out was part of a wider video in which Kjellberg mentioned several smaller YouTube channels he wanted to profile briefly.
Kjellberg's publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Update: This piece has been updated to include a statement from the WSJ.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai contributed to the coverage.
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