Hackers swap Sesame Street YouTube vids for porn

Faith Merino · October 17, 2011 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/2055

Mission "Skeezy Pedophilic Joke on Preschoolers" accomplished

Parents who thought they’d have themselves a quiet Sunday afternoon by plopping their preschoolers in front of the computer to watch Sesame Street for a few hours met with a bit of a shock yesterday, when PBS’s Sesame Street YouTube channel was hacked and the videos were replaced with raunchy porn videos.  

Cue the “‘P’ is for porn” and “brought to you by the letter XXX” jokes.  Ha, ha…the tech bloggers never fail to deliver.

The pornographic content was up for approximately 22 minutes before YouTube shut down the channel, according to reports.  PBS has since issued an apology:

“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.”

The attack appears to have been the work of a user going by the moniker MrEdxwx, but MrEdxwx has denied responsibility for the hacking.  “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,” the user said in a video statement posted on his YouTube account. 

The Sesame Street channel has over 148,000 subscribers and its videos have seen over 441 million views since Sesame Street joined YouTube in 2006.  The channel was reinstated Monday morning with all of its original videos.

This is one of those things you’d only find funny if you’re one of those anti-establishment hacker nerds who watches Fight Club three times a week and fancies himself a Tyler Durden-esque rebel—like those kids who created the “Bum Fights” videos.  The aim of the prank was to trick preschoolers into watching porn.  Way to go, guys.  

 

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