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Microsoft YouTube channel hacked

October 24, 2011

Microsoft has recovered access to its You Tube channel after it was hacked over the weekend.

Graham Cluley of security firm Sophos has reported that Redmond’s YouTube page had been hacked. All of Microsoft’s videos were taken down and replaced with videos calling on other YouTube users to upload their own or provide sponsorship.

While the material itself is fairly harmless, it is still highly embarrassing for Microsoft.

Details of the method used to gain access to the account have not yet been revealed but Cluley suggested it could have resulted from a Microsoft employee with administrative rights over the channel being careless with their password.

Last week, the YouTube channel of Sesame Street was hacked, with videos of hardcore pornography replacing the child-friendly content.

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