"Sesame Street" back on YouTube after porn hack

"Sesame Street" Executive Producer Carol-Lynn Parente said Monday that YouTube had taken the channel down Sunday after noticing the racy material.

"Sesame Street" characters Bert, Elmo and Abby Cadabby attend a temporary street renaming to celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Sesame Street Live" on 31st Street and 8th Avenue Feb. 4, 2010, in New York City. (Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) -- The YouTube channel for "Sesame Street" is back online after hackers forced its shutdown for a day by loading X-rated material.

"Sesame Street" Executive Producer Carol-Lynn Parente said Monday that YouTube had taken the channel down Sunday after noticing the racy material. The channel usually carries new and vintage clips from the popular preschool program.

Parente says it appears that the X-rated videos were online for less than an hour and that "Sesame Street" had received no viewer complaints.

She says, "We have great hopes that it was found out" before young viewers could see the X-rated material.

Tech blog The Next Web reported that Google, which owns YouTube, removed the graphic content in about 25 minutes.

YouTube says it counsels clients to adopt tougher security to avoid hackers. The channel resumed at around midday Monday.


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