Hacking Vevo’s YouTube Account Hits Popular Music Videos, Disappears Greatest Video Ever
Vevo’s YouTube account appears to have fallen victim to hackers today as a number of high-profile music videos were defaced. The most-watched YouTube video of all time, “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, briefly disappeared from YouTube after being defaced by hackers. Image from the video has been edited and replaced with a masked gang holding guns (from the Netflix show House of Papel), and the description was changed by hackers calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi’sh.
Many other popular music videos were also downgraded, including songs by Chris Brown, Shakira, DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Drake, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. Some of these videos are always available, with gradient titles and thumbnails. All of the affected music videos were uploaded to the artist’s YouTube Vevo accounts, and it’s not immediately clear if the hackers gained access to individual accounts or if there was a broader exploit with the accounts. Vevo. At least one of the pirates claims that they used a “script” to change the titles of the videos.
The edge contacted Google to comment on the breach, and the company referred us to Vevo. “Vevo can confirm that a number of videos in its catalog were subject to a security breach today, which is now contained,” said a Vevo spokesperson. “We are working to restore all affected videos and our catalog should be restored to full working order. We continue to investigate the source of the breach.
Update, 11:32AM HE: Article updated with Vevo confirmation and comment on the violation.