Hardcore porn videos have suddenly popped up on Very Serious™ news websites like The Washington Post, Newsweek and Australia’s very own Herald Sun thanks to a cheeky trick that’s flooding the internet with hole pics and cum… lots of cum.

Motherboard reports that a website called 5 Star HD Porn bought the domain name Vid.me, which had previously been used by a YouTube competitor up until 2017. Overnight, the new owners apparently decided to fuck with the entire internet by changing what a bunch of historic embedded videos linked to.

Now heaps of totally innocuous videos which had been embedded into news articles have been replaced with hardcore porn. In high definition, too, apparently.

Other affected websites include those for American magazines like Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, New York magazine and even Teen Vogue. British newspaper The Daily Mirror and online-only publications like BuzzFeed, Vox, The Verge and Polygon were also hit by the incident.

And yes, even faithful old PEDESTRIAN.TV and our sister sites like Business Insider and Kotaku were affected by the porn plague. But don’t bother looking for the damage, ‘cos we’ve already cleaned up everything over here.

This is perhaps one of the most extreme and prominent examples of link rot that many readers will encounter, but it’s a serious issue which threatens to tear apart the fabric of the internet if we don’t take the upkeep of aging hyperlinks seriously.

Thankfully (or not thankfully if you’re insatiably horny) most of these news websites have picked up on the issue and have swiftly removed the content from their wholesome and chaste news articles.

It’s kind of gross that people will have been unwitting subjected to this kind of porn first thing in the morning, and it’s a particularly serious issue on youth-oriented sites like Teen Vogue or BuzzFeed.

But there’s also something a little bit funny about an adult going to watch “the most Australian prank call of all time” but instead being greeted with some pornstar’s spread cheeks.

Congrats to everyone who had ‘porn takes over the internet’ on their 2021 bingo card!

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