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By Bruce Sussman
Tue | Jan 8, 2019 | 5:17 AM PST

We don't want to call him a "flash in the pan," but this is a story about a teen hacker who made a splash, quickly sizzled for YouTube's most popular star, and then, a couple of weeks later, announced his retirement from hacking out of fear he'll get busted.

His name is TheHackerGiraffe. SecureWorld wrote about his printer hacking where he forced 50,000 of them to print fliers telling those who found the printout to subscribe to @pewdiepie, which is the #1 YouTube channel in the world. 


Then TheHackerGiraffe breached home networks to access Google Chromecast devices and smart TVs with messages to follow his favorite YouTuber.

Then TheHackerGiraffe's sudden fans around the globe asked him to teach them how to hack and he started creating tutorials. But that was so last week.

Now, he's put the following hacker retirement note online:

So, here we are. At the endgame. I'm sorry for leaving so suddenly, and I'm sorry for all of you who expected more tutorials, guides, or anything. I can't do this. It may not look like it, but the constant pressure of being afraid of being caught and prosecuted has been keeping me up and giving me all kinds of fears and panic attacks.

I just wanted to inform people of their vulnerable devices while supporting a YouTuber I liked. I never meant any hard, nor did I ever have any ill intentions. I'm sorry if anything I've done has made you feel under attack or threatened.

Most of all, I'm sorry to the people who supported me on Patreon. I didn't want to leave like this, you deserve more for your money, and I'm truly sorry that I've failed to meet your demands and my promises when it comes to the guides.

@pewdiepie, I love your content man, keep on going.

I guess there is a lesson to be learned here, don't fly too close to the sun and then act like you don't know you'll get burned. Well, here I am, burned and roasted, awaiting my maybe-coming end. I thank you all, thank you all so much for the past month. It's been amazing to see all of you who wanted to learn hacking/cybersecurity. Please do push on, don't give up! Stay safe, stay legal, and most of all, be civil.

What will I do now? Probably suffer from this horrible panic for the next few days before I completely lose my mind until either my end comes or this all flies over and I'll probably never touch a computer again.

I hope I'm overreacting and this is all in my head, I really do hope so.

Peace out guys,

Our team likes one thing about this hacker retirement note that hopefully will help younger generations choose careers in information security instead of cybercrime:

"... don't fly too close to the sun and then act like you don't know you'll get burned. Well, here I am, burned and roasted, awaiting my maybe-coming end."

[RESOURCE: 2019 SecureWorld regional cybersecurity conferences calendar]