Microsoft YouTube Channel Hacked

The computer giant Microsoft’s YouTube channel was hacked yesterday by an unknown persons. It was realized when all the official videos including recent ad campaigns have appeared to be removed from the channel. The official videos were replaced by the short clips soliciting advertisers. It was quite shocking to find the channel with over 24,000 subscribers and more than 8,000 videos views gone completely blank.

It all started at 1:30 p.m. E.T, on Sunday, when four videos were uploaded to the Microsoft’s official channel in a time span of two hours. After that a fifth video was appeared which was then quickly pulled from the channel. The video was spotted as Garry’s Mod – Escape the Box” wherein an animated gunman shooting at the inside of a construction box.

In addition with all the videos, the background of the channel was also changed. The channel also displayed a message that read, “I DID NOTHING WRONG I SIMPLY SIGNED INTO MY ACCOUNT THAT I MADE IN 2006 :/”

When Microsoft was contacted, they said, “We are aware that someone has altered the YouTube channel devoted to Microsoft videos.  We are working with YouTube to rectify the situation.”

A recent report from Microsoft suggests that they have regained control over its YouTube official channel. Microsoft releases this statement this morning, “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.”

Perhaps, there is still a need to introduce some more effective security tools to protect the public property on such platforms. This is not the first time when an account has been hacked for such a large company. The technology is advancing so fast and we expect to have some more powerful security tools to be introduced at this level to ensure the safety of user’s content on the Internet.

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