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Websites of Cartoon Network hacked to show the illicit content like the videos of the Arabic memes


Websites of Cartoon Network in a minimum of 16 countries/regions were hacked during weekend to play the videos of the Arabic memes as well as of a male stripper from Brazil, among other things. This hack was perpetrated by two hackers of Brazil.


The two Brazilian hackers claimed that they have used a vulnerability so as to access the Cartoon Network's website management platform, where they switched the video sources to the files of their liking. In most of the cases, they replaced the popular cartoon shows videos with videos of the Arabic memes, slideshows of numerous memes as well as funny images, Brazilian hip-hop songs, and videos of a famous Brazilian male stripper named Ricardo Milos, who has become internet meme.


The hacking takes place on April 25, 2019, and those defaced videos remain on the websites of Cartoon Network for three days (i.e. till April 28, 2019), when Turner-owned TV channel has been notified about the incident. Turner is the parent company of Cartoon Network.


Now, the defaced videos on the websites of Cartoon Network have been removed, however all the other videos fail to load and suggest ongoing repairs and maintenance as the reason.


According to the user reports, the portals of Cartoon Network in the UK, Romania, Hungary, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, Turkey, the Arabic region, and the Africa region have had the videos replaced by those two Brazilian hackers.


Cartoon Network Russia and Cartoon Network UK have been the only two regional stations who have formally admitted about the hack in the public statements.


When Cartoon Network was contacted by the ZDNet, they acknowledged this incident as well. A Turner spokesperson said that "on Sunday morning we were alerted that our Cartoon Network and other kids' websites had been compromised with video content that was not ours".


The Turner spokesperson added that "we took immediate action and, as a result of this, either whole websites or the video players on our sites have been temporarily deactivated. Our teams are working hard to relaunch the sites and video players at the earliest opportunity, while ensuring the protection of our audiences".


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