'Sesame Street' Website Hacked With Porn

7:04 AM PST 10/17/2011 by Lindsay Powers
Richard Termine/Sesame Street

The kid-friendly show's YouTube page was taken offline after explicit Muppets videos were posted.

Sesame Street's YouTube channel was taken offline Sunday after hackers infiltrated it with porn, CNN reports.

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The page was reprogrammed with explicit videos of the Muppets, and a note that the page's content was "brought to you by the letter X."

The children show's site posted a message that it was taken down "due to repeated or severe violations of our community guidelines."

"YouTube's Community Guidelines prohibit graphic content," a YouTube spokesperson told CNN. "As always, we remove inappropriate material as soon as we are made aware of it."

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Nonprofit Sesame Workshop apologized Sunday.

"Our channel was compromised and we are presently working with YouTube/Google to restore our original content," the group said. "We always strive to provide age-appropriate content for our viewers and hope to resolve this problem quickly."

Two members of YouTube apparently took responsibility for the attack in a message that appeared on Sesame Street's page. But one of the users named, MrEdxwx, denied he was involved.

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"I did not hack Sesame Street. I am an honest YouTube. I work hard to make quality gameplay videos, and most important I respect the community guidelines," MrEdxwx wrote on his own YouTube page.


 

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