Microsoft’s official YouTube channel appears to have been hacked and defaced.
The software giant’s YouTube channel includes just three videos after the pranksters removed all of Microsoft’s historical videos. The three videos that remain appear to be related to Subway sponsorship. GeekWire reports that the channel take over may have been the result of an accident. The prankster left the message ““I DID NOTHING WRONG I SIMPLY SIGNED INTO MY ACCOUNT THAT I MADE IN 2006 :/,” indicating that the account may have been swapped due to a bizarre bug with YouTube’s systems. The software makers YouTube account has been active since 2006 and included over 8 million video views.
Microsoft’s YouTube channel hack comes just a week after Sesame Street’s YouTube channel was also defaced. The channel was replaced with graphic pornography and all videos were removed. Google was able to restore the channel to its original state.
Microsoft and Google have not issued statements at the time of writing.
Update: Microsoft has now confirmed it has regained control of the YouTube account. ““We have regained control of the Microsoft channel on YouTube, and we are working to restore all of the original content. We will continue to work with YouTube to ensure safeguards are in place for the future,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.