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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 just isn't supposed to possess: a flood of whales, spawning in water, on land and in some cases in mid-air.

That, on the other hand, is what occurred just after several players located and exploited a vulnerability inside the Atlas game itself. On Sunday, an assistant community manager wrote on the Atlas community forum that the game maker had to do "emergency maintenance" at 09:00 am UTC, rolling back the game and wiping out players' gains in the five in addition to a half hours since the exploit enabled the infliction of whales.

A number of accounts were at some point banned. But ahead of the game admins had a likelihood to close the hole, the whale-flingers got Atlas Resource bored and they, and/or other folks, began flooding the servers with dragons... right 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 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 website and hijacking thousands of internet-exposed Chromecasts, intelligent TVs, and Google Home devices earlier this month. The gadgets had been hacked to play yet a different PewDiePie channel advertisement.

With regards to the Atlas exploits, ZDNet's Catalin Cimpanu suggests that the PewDiePie spam "seems much more of a secondary effect" in lieu of getting the key directive.

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

Atlas: Injury added to insult

The exploit from the technical vulnerability in Atlas on Sunday was truly 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 prior to 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.
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