July 06, 2010 03:31:55 GMT
When the fans accessed Bieber's YouTube page, they were forwarded by hackers to clips which claimed he had passed away and redirected to explicit websites.
Justin Bieber has fallen victim to a series of cruel Internet pranks after hackers infiltrated his YouTube page - fans were allegedly fed false reports the singer had died in a car crash, while others were redirected to porn sites. Hordes of Bieber's teenage devotees were sent into a panic on Sunday, July 4 after they accessed the star's page on the video-sharing website only to be forwarded links to clips which claimed the Canadian singer had passed away.
The hackers also allegedly embedded links in the page which redirected users to explicit websites. Bosses at Internet search engine Google, which owns YouTube, took immediate action to remedy the problem and it was fixed within a matter of hours.
A statement from Google reads, "We took swift action to fix a... vulnerability on Youtube.com that was discovered several hours ago. Comments were temporarily hidden by default within an hour, and we released a complete fix for the issue in about two hours. We're continuing to study the vulnerability to help prevent similar issues in the future."