The weekend saw Microsoft’s youtube presence hacked and content changed from helpful video’s to cartoons and advertising offers.
One of the uploaded videos, called Bingo, showed a character from the LA Noire video game shooting another animated figure in the head. Other videos called on YouTube visitors to post video responses, create new background images for the channel or provide sponsorship.
By midday GMT the site had been returned to normal. Nobody is claiming to know how this hack took place, but the obvious theory is poor password security by a Microsoft employee. There are also rumours circulating that the account and channel was actually created by a Microsoft fan before being handed over to Microsoft at a later date. It could be that the account was still linked to the previous owners email and therefore a password change was easy to facilitate.
One heading on the channel also read, “I DID NOTHING WRONG I SIMPLY SIGNED INTO MY ACCOUNT THAT I MADE IN 2006 :/.” So maybe there is something