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'Sesame Street' YouTube channel hacked, filled with porn

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This screenshot shows the official "Sesame Street" YouTube channel after it reappeared on the video-sharing website.

Updated at 12:50 p.m.

The official YouTube channel for children's television series "Sesame Street" was compromised this weekend. At that time, a hacker filled what could be considered one of the more child-friendly corners of the Internet with videos so pornographic that they'd make Cookie Monster blush until he resembled Elmo.

Security blog Sophos reports that the incident occurred on Sunday and that it took about 20 minutes before the explicit content was removed. It wasn't just the pornographic material which disappeared from YouTube at that point though. The entire "Sesame Street" channel — and all of its original videos — are currently "not available" on YouTube.

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But don't worry! According to a statement provided to CNN,  Sesame Workshop — the non-profit organization behind "Sesame Street" — is working with YouTube to set things right:

"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."

The details regarding who was behind the hacking incident are still murky. Before the entire YouTube channel was removed, its profile had been modified to include the following text:

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!

YouTube user "MrEdxwx," the individual who allegedly penned the note, denied any responsibility for the hack in a YouTube video uploaded on Sunday evening.

Updated: The official YouTube channel for "Sesame Street" has reappeared on the video-sharing website. All traces of pornographic content seem to have been removed.

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