Channel has 140,000 subscribers and has been viewed half a billion times
Sesame Street‘s YouTube channel has been taken offline after being targeted by hackers who uploaded a number of pornographic videos.
The US children’s show’s site, which has 140,000 subscribers, was taken offline within 20 minutes of the issue being spotted, reports BBC News.
Although the changes appear to have been made by a user called Mredxwx, a member who uses that name has denied being involved.
Graham Cluley, a web security blogger, took several screenshots at the time, including one which showed a message that read:
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.
A statement from Google confirmed it had dealt with the issue, stating: “YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit graphic content. As always, we remove inappropriate material as soon as we are made aware of it.”
It’s not the first time YouTube has been hit by hackers in this way – in May 2010, hundreds of videos which mixed adult material with content involving the likes of The Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus were removed by the site.