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Sesame Street’s Hacked YouTube Page Brought to You By Letters XXX

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By HVnews on October 17, 2011


The Sesame Street YouTube channel was apparently hacked sometime on Sunday, with all its content wiped away and replaced by a single video — a seven-minute Bang Bros porno. To make it worse, the banner logo was replaced with one that read “Sesame Street — I’ts [sic] where porn lives.”

The incident certainly gives new meaning to the phrase, brought to you by the letter X.

Google and YouTube quickly removed the channel once it was made aware of the hack. Interestingly enough, the channel’s videos are still in the system, so it’s probably just a matter of YouTube and Sesame Street sorting things out and working to put the channel back with added security measures.

The channel has since been brought back and the Sesame Workshop is taking no risks: “We apologize for any inconvenience our audience may have experienced yesterday on our Sesame Street YouTube channel. Our channel was temporarily compromised, but we have since restored our original line-up of the best classic Sesame Street video clips featuring Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, and the rest of the fuzzy, feathered, and googly-eyed friends you remember from childhood,” they write in a statement.

“If you’re watching videos with your preschooler and would like to do so in a safe, child-friendly environment, please join us at http://www.sesamestreet.org,” they continue.

Even now, however, search results [NSFW] for Sesame Street on YouTube reveals the occasional graphic thumbnail.

“YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit graphic content,” a YouTube representative told CNN. “As always, we remove inappropriate material as soon as we are made aware of it.”

According to CNN, credit for the hack was claimed by two YouTube users. One of them, going by the nom de plume MrEdxwx, however, immediately denied any involvement. Supposedly, the user was in cahoots with a user who goes by the name MrSuicider91. The latter YouTuber has remained silent on the incident.

On his YouTube channel, MrEdxwx posted a video with the following statement: “I did not hack Sesame Street. I am an honest YouTuber. I work hard to make quality gameplay videos, and most important I respect the community guidelines.”

As one commenter on Reddit points out, it was likely intended as a revenge hack against MrEdxwx and not necessarily Sesame Street.

“This appears to have been a venge-hack. Essentially framing this person as the culprit behind this. No matter what happens that person is going to be obliged to deal with some YouTube/Google static until the full story becomes elucidated. Someone apparently wants to grief that person,” the commenter writes.

That seems to be the best explanation if MrEdxwx wasn’t behind the hack. And, really, no hacker would be foolish enough to leave a comment on the YouTube page that is easily traceable back to themselves. You might as well just call the cops and have yourself arrested for felony hacking.

Ultimately, this is a really shitty thing to do to PBS, Sesame Street and the families that may have stumbled onto the Bang Bros. porno instead of Elmo. Granted, YouTube got the page taken down within 20 minutes, and they should be commended for that. But still — if the intended target wasn’t Sesame Street, the beloved kids show certainly has suffered as collateral damage.

According to another knowledgeable Reddit user, the porno in question was First Anal Quest: Angelica. We just feel like some people may want to know that.

Click Page 2 below for NSFW screengrab of the porn embedded on Sesame Street’s channel…

(via thenextweb)

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