‘Sesame Street’ Hacked
October 18, 2011 by staff
‘Sesame Street’ Hacked, Sesame Street’s official YouTube channel was shut down on Monday after the account was disfigured and began sharing adult content. The deformation is extended to Sesame Street profile, which was modified to read: “Who does not love the child prn? Okay, everybody loves it!”
Inappropriate videos were available for about 20 minutes, before Sesame Street channel was shut down for violations of the rules of the YouTube community, according to Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. Obtained screenshots of degradation and the loaded content, which he said was definitely not safe for work.
Alteration in the profile of the attackers is billed as “Mrsuicider91 Mredxwx and my partner.” However, the YouTube user with the handle Mredxwx uploaded to YouTube a message denying any involvement in the attacks. “I do not cut Sesame Street,” he said. “I am a YouTuber honest. I work hard to make quality video games and more important to respect the code of conduct.”
[Read how an escalation of attacks are ultimately causing IT professionals to begin to address gaps in user authentication in identity management Day has arrived.]
According to a statement issued by Google, which owns the video sharing website “YouTube Community Regulation prohibits the graphic content. As always, eliminate inappropriate material as we know it.”
How Sesame Street YouTube channel hacked? “I do not know exactly how it happened, but my impression is that somehow were careless with their password, so the administrator password that is used for that account was easy to guess, or more likely it is phishing, which means they were deceived click a link and enter it, “Cluley said in an interview.
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the attack.
Channel disfigurements social enterprises media are nothing new. Earlier this year, for example, the Fox News Twitter feed was changed to claim that President Obama had been killed. Of course, that the hack does not involve a children’s television property.
“It is particularly irritating for everyone because it happened to Sesame Street, because it is an institution – they do not deserve something like this,” said Cluley. “Not that anyone deserves anything like this, but you’d think this is the last kind of place anyone would want to attack” – among other things because the children look at the YouTube channel may have been totally inappropriate material, he said.
What can companies do to prevent your YouTube channel to be hacked, and have to deal with the resulting brand management of the cleanup? Start by using a unique password for every website, no less than the properties of the company. “Something like 30% of people use the same password for everything, which means that if your password has been hacked into a place that can result in the compromise of all asset classes,” said Cluley. Beyond stopping the reuse of passwords, choose passwords too long and random, to be more difficult to guess or infer through brute force or dictionary attacks driven.
But unfortunately, simple passwords today seem to be the norm. According to ananlysis of user passwords Sony leaked by hacker group LulzSec, for example, 50% of passwords employing fewer than eight characters, and only 4% use more than three types of characters, ie , uppercase, lowercase, numbers, or alphanumeric.
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