Hackers pwn Microsoft YouTube's channel


New attack vector: YouTube. Last week, someone hacked Sesame Street's channel (shameful). This week, Microsoft's YouTube channel became the hacker's playground.

This from GeekWire, where they posted a timeline of the hack on Sunday morning. Things got back to normal fairly quickly, of course, but so far Microsoft hasn't provided full details, just a note saying they were aware of the problem, and another when they put things back to normal.

One comment seen during the hack event suggested Microsoft took over the YouTube channel from someone who started it earlier, and never changed the original email notification address. Not too likely. And some believe this could all be a hoax to get PR for Microsoft's YouTube channel, or perhaps gain a bit of sympathy for the company.

That's funny

Could be a cool PR stunt

Jimmy Kakanis on mashable.com

Are you suggesting Microsoft used "1234" as their password?

ArrowSmith on pcmag.com

This is maybe Microsoft controversy prior to introduce the new youtube rival sort of a better and secure MSN video etc.

Lagu Bestbest on mashable.com

I'm sure Google will find some way of blaming this security breach on a MS product.

Guest on geekwire.com

modern hack channel method :D

hack87 on mashable.com


Shame on Google. Google, the parent company of YouTube, has a duty to protect its corporate partners. By abrogating its duty, it is endangering all corporate YouTube accounts. Shame, Google. Shame.

Guest on geekwire.com

But lets be real here, in all likelihood, the account had a weak password and some tool exploited the situation. Thousands of companies and millions of individuals use YouTube and have had no security issues at all which would seem to suggest that YouTube is quite secure.

Spoken Word on pcmag.com

Kids will be kids

Could be YouTube’s fault for leaving his information in when the account was handed over. Could be that this guy is lying and just hacked the account.

ReeceBullet on mashable.com

Why it's a waste of time to hack:

1. No fame. No one knows who the hackers are.

2. No money.

Lawrence Wiiz on pcmag.com

A different site/channel seems to get hacked almost every day now. So many different hacking groups out there.

Tom Packer on mashable.com

Hoax? PR stunt? When facing competing explanations, choose the one that leverages incompetence, not malice.

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