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PewDiePie-spammers and whale-flingers exploit hole in Atlas game
  • 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 is not supposed to possess: a flood of whales, spawning in water, on land and from time to time in mid-air.


    That, even so, is what happened soon after various players identified and exploited a vulnerability in the Atlas game itself. On Sunday, an assistant community manager wrote on the Atlas community forum that the game maker had to perform "emergency maintenance" at 09:00 am UTC, rolling back the game and wiping out players' gains in the five plus a half hours since the exploit enabled the infliction of whales.


    Multiple accounts were at some point banned. But just before the game admins had a opportunity to close the hole, the whale-flingers got Atlas Resource bored and they, and/or other folks, started flooding the servers with dragons... immediately 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 can be 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 top YouTube channel hacked printers worldwide to print pro-PewDiePie propaganda.


    That propaganda war also included antics such as defacing the Wall Street Journal's web-site and hijacking thousands of internet-exposed Chromecasts, wise TVs, and Google Household devices earlier this month. The gadgets had been 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 getting the main directive.


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


    Atlas: Injury added to insult


    The exploit on the technical vulnerability in Atlas on Sunday was actually 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 just 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.