'Sesame Street' YouTube page hacked, replaced with porn

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — It was anything but “sunny days” for “Sesame Street” on Sunday.

The YouTube account for the ubiquitous PBS children’s show was hacked this weekend. All of the content was deleted and replaced with pornographic material, including a graphic film that remained up for 20 minutes.

The YouTube channel is expected to resume Monday afternoon.

“Sesame Street” Executive Producer Carol-Lynn Parente said Monday that YouTube had taken the channel down Sunday after noticing the racy material. The channel usually carries new and vintage clips from the popular preschool program.

Check out this Gawker report for a screen grab of the hacked channel.

Two users supposedly claimed responsibility for the intrusion through a new post in the page’s profile description:

“WHO DOESN’T LOVE PORN KIDS? RIGHT! EVERYONE LOVES IT! 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 :( PLEASE…LET ME AND MRSUICIDER91 HAVE IT AND WE GONNA MAKE ALL THE AMERICA HAPPY!”

One of those named, MrEdxwx, posted a message of denial on his YouTube page:

“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.”

Sesame Workshop says it’s sorry for the inconvenience. PBS, YouTube and Google have not commented on the attack.

YouTube says it counsels clients to adopt tougher security to avoid hackers.