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Hackers Put Porn on Sesame Street's YouTube Channel

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Sesame Street's YouTube site played host to porn for around 20 minutes on Sunday night. Fun times.

On Sunday, Sesame Street's YouTube channel briefly turned from a space for learning about the ABCs, to a space for learning about the naughty practices of adults. And while we've come to question Bert and Ernie's true relationship over the years as we've grown older, their "friendship" apparently isn't anything close to the skin trade viewers consumed for roughly twenty minutes.

According to reports, the site was hacked to offer an eyeful of hard-core porn until Google went into full alert and suspended the page twenty minutes later. The main page was replaced by a similar Sesame Street-themed layout although the logo adds the slogan It's Where Porn Lives. All links listed on the fake page led to an adult film called First Anal Quest: Angelica. We assume that we needn't explain the video's "plot."

"We apologize for any inconvenience our audience may have experienced today on our Sesame Street YouTube channel," the Sesame Workshop said in a statement Monday morning. "Our channel was compromised and we are presently working with YouTube/Google to restore our original content. We always strive to provide age-appropriate content for our viewers and hope to resolve this problem quickly."

When it was live, the hacked Sesame Street page claimed to be owned by YouTube member "mredxwx" who in turn uploaded a video on his own YouTube page claiming that he was not responsible for the hack. "I did not hack Sesame Street," he responds in a video. "I am an honest YouTuber. I work hard to make quality gameplay videos AND MOST IMPORTANT I RESPECT THE COMMUNITY GUIDELINES."

That's a complete 180-degree from the message he supposedly posted on the fake YouTube page. "Who doesn't love porn kids? Right! Everyone loves it! I'm 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!"

As of this writing, the Sesame Street YouTube is back up and running its usual muppet-stuffed content. But how the site was replaced in the first place is still in question. "Precisely how Sesame Street's YouTube channel got hacked is presently a mystery - but it's natural to assume that they were sloppy with their password security," security firm Sophos ponders in a blog Monday.

Has LulzSec returned? The group hacked into PBS.org back in May because they took offense to the portrayal of Bradley Manning in a segment on PBS's Frontline news magazine program. The group then stated that they were hired by 21-year-old Brandon "Shadow DXS" Pike who in turn denied the claim, saying that LulzSec and Anonymous were getting back at him because he wanted to distance himself from their "criminal" ways.

"I made it apparent that I'm not a supporter of Anonymous," he said. But unfortunately, "anyone that goes against Anonymous is subject to their harassment."

YouTube user Mredxwx is now feeling his pain although right now it's unclear if the Sesame Street hacking is related to Anonymous and/or LulzSec, or something completely different.

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    xenolalia , October 18, 2011 7:31 AM
    It is not an acceptable prank to place pornographic content on a web page oriented for young kids.
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    mayankleoboy1 , October 18, 2011 7:05 AM
    lets see some video proofs. :D 
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    the associate , October 18, 2011 7:08 AM
    So from now on every single time there is a hack somewhere on the net Anonymous and LulzSec are going to be mentioned?
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  • 22 Hide
    mayankleoboy1 , October 18, 2011 7:05 AM
    lets see some video proofs. :D 
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    the associate , October 18, 2011 7:08 AM
    So from now on every single time there is a hack somewhere on the net Anonymous and LulzSec are going to be mentioned?
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    joytech22 , October 18, 2011 7:14 AM
    I hear about Youtube accounts getting hacked all the time.. Two channels I'm subscribed to got hacked earlier in the year.

    Difference is that the main audience for this page was for children.

    They can't even type in proper English. It's like watching stupidity unfold.
    I wonder if Google will track back to them and carry out action, especially when this channel is aimed at younger age groups.
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    xenolalia , October 18, 2011 7:31 AM
    It is not an acceptable prank to place pornographic content on a web page oriented for young kids.
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    admir00 , October 18, 2011 8:25 AM
    It's a shame. amk-aka-phantom, I assume you don't have young kids.
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    eddieroolz , October 18, 2011 8:34 AM
    I'm having a difficult time understanding who will gain from this.
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    stereopsis , October 18, 2011 9:31 AM
    Good prank - you've got to be kidding. Just because some of us like to watch porn does not mean we have to subject young immature minds to it. I can't imagine having to explain to my 6 year old what he had just watched. AND having him learn inappropriate behaviors he is in no way mature enough to understand. This was a childish idiotic prank, plain and simple.
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    de5_Roy , October 18, 2011 9:37 AM
    plot? what plot? the plot was full of holes! good thing google was all over the issue and got it fixed as ap.
    this page hijacking was a dirty prank nontheless. must have traumatized some people. then again.. this is youtube.
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    cats_Paw , October 18, 2011 9:39 AM
    bah, nothing important. Nowdays kids learn so fast its even scary.
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    stereopsis , October 18, 2011 9:40 AM
    I like to have a say in what my children learn.
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    JOSHSKORN , October 18, 2011 9:56 AM
    Now I wanna know 'how to get to Sesame Street!'
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    Dandalf , October 18, 2011 10:47 AM
    Wish it was this easy to find porn when I was that age.
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    mobinga , October 18, 2011 11:06 AM
    LMAO. Classic.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , October 18, 2011 11:38 AM
    Bad luck the smart asses had it up there for around twenty minutes or so. That is a kids channel & I think that the hackers could even be partial to being peodophile like & even being one themselves. Hopefully it will not happen again & the hackers will be caught & checked out for being peodophiles.
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    CPU666d1 , October 18, 2011 11:41 AM
    I totally agree with "Wish I Was Wealthy" and hope that they catch these hackers.
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    stereopsis , October 18, 2011 12:05 PM
    @amk-aka-phantom

    that's why its funny? really? I guess you are much too young to have children aren't you, being a child yourself.
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    Anonymous , October 18, 2011 12:05 PM
    The Internet is for porn, so what's the big deal? If you let 6 y.o. kids browse YouTube on their own, you're a moron.
    BTW if there was some bloody massacre, I'm sure they would only enjoy it. So American...
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