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Monday, 17 October 2011 12:01

Sesame Street channel hacked

Written by Nick Farell



Porn is brought you by the letter P and the number 69


Sesame Street's YouTube channel has been hacked, replaced with porn, according to insecurity experts Sophos.

Sesame Street's YouTube channel, a highly popular page containing videos of the muppets including Kermit the Frog, and Big Bird, was hacked on Sunday and the child friendly content was replaced with something far less savoury: hard core porn movies.

The offensive content was available for approximately 20 minutes, before the channel was suspended for "repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines."  It can't be often that Sesame Street gets that sort of ban dumped on it.  Although we always suspected that Big Birds career would slid and he would end up doing porn. Aside from uploading pornographic videos, the hackers also changed the Sesame Street channel profile on YouTube:

WHO DOESN'T LOVE PORN KIDS? RIGHT! EVERYONE LOVES IT! IM MREDXWX AND MY PARTNER MRSUICIDER91 ARE HERE TO BRING YOU MANY NICE CONTENT! PLEASE DON'T LET SESAME STREET TO GET THIS ACCOUNT BACK KIDS :( PLEASE...LET ME AND MRSUICIDER91 HAVE IT AND WE GONNA MAKE ALL THE AMERICA HAPPY!

"Mr Edxwx" has uploaded a video denying any involvement in the hack.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos said the hack is bad news for YouTube "The truth of the matter is that the channel is regularly visited by young children, and parents trust that the page will be safe for them to view," he said. "Attacks like this prove that websites with particularly vulnerable audiences need to be monitored regularly, and protected with the highest possible security controls.  In addition, parents need to be extra vigilant about keeping an eye on the websites their children are visiting - and remember that even the seemingly most innocent websites can be compromised," Cluely added.

Nick Farell

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