Microsoft's YouTube channel hacked

Videos on the software giant's page have been replaced with solicitations for sponsorships.

Microsoft's YouTube channel appears to have been hacked and defaced. Screenshot by Steven Musil/CNET

Microsoft's YouTube channel has been hacked by someone who has removed all the software giant's videos and is soliciting subscribers for sponsorships.

The background on the channel has been changed to one that includes the title "Predator Cinema," and a message has been posted that says: "I DID NOTHING WRONG I SIMPLY SIGNED INTO MY ACCOUNT THAT I MADE IN 2006 :/"

The channel's archived videos have been removed and replaced with short clips titled "We are sponsoring!" and "Make us a background to get a Subbox!!!"

Microsoft confirmed the hacking of the channel this afternoon.

"We have regained control of the Microsoft channel on YouTube, and we are working to restore all of the original content," a Microsoft representative told CNET. " We will continue to work with YouTube to ensure safeguards are in place for the future."

This is the second high-profile YouTube channel to be hacked in the past week. Sesame Street's YouTube channel was hacked last weekend, leaving its normally family-friendly content replaced with pornographic content.

Updated at 8 p.m. PT with Microsoft comment.

[Via GeekWire.]

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