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PewDiePie-spammers and whale-flingers exploit hole in Atlas

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    January 25, 2019 7:14 AM GMT

    The newly launched Atlas game has pirates, a fountain of youth, ramshackle sloops, naval battles, submarines, and guillotines.

    What Grapeshot Games's MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) game will not be supposed to possess: a flood of whales, spawning in water, on land and occasionally in mid-air.

    That, nevertheless, is what occurred after multiple players discovered and exploited a vulnerability in the Atlas game itself. On Sunday, an assistant community manager wrote on the Atlas neighborhood forum that the game maker had to complete "emergency maintenance" at 09:00 am UTC, rolling back the game and wiping out players' gains within the five along with a half hours since the exploit enabled the infliction of whales.

    Several accounts have been ultimately banned. But before the game admins had a opportunity to close the hole, the whale-flingers got Atlas Resource bored and they, and/or other individuals, began flooding the servers with dragons... after which some players exploited the vulnerability by spamming players to exhort them to subscribe to PewDiePie for hours.

    Did Atlas get PewDiePie-rolled?

    This is par for the course for fans of Swedish video game commentary celebrity Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg. Last month, somebody intent on keeping PewDiePie in his position as major YouTube channel hacked printers worldwide to print pro-PewDiePie propaganda.

    That propaganda war also integrated antics for example defacing the Wall Street Journal's web site and hijacking thousands of internet-exposed Chromecasts, wise TVs, and Google Home devices earlier this month. The gadgets were hacked to play yet yet another PewDiePie channel advertisement.

    In regards to the Atlas exploits, ZDNet's Catalin Cimpanu suggests that the PewDiePie spam "seems far more of a secondary effect" as opposed to becoming the main directive.

    Move over, Rickrolling and references to safety journalist Brian Krebs. Modern-day pranksters have PewDiePie to drop into site defacements and malware code!

    Atlas: Injury added to insult

    The exploit of your technical vulnerability in Atlas on Sunday was essentially the second time in days that Atlas was compromised, and it's the second time that Grapeshot Games did a five-and-a-half-hour game rollback.

    Early access to Atlas was launched on Steam before Christmas. Last week, on Thursday, hackers allegedly compromised an admin's Steam account and utilized it to buy Atlas Items spawn planes, tanks, and whales in Atlas.