Vevo hack defaces dozens of top YouTube music videos with new thumbnails and titles [Update]
It’s not that often that we hear of a big hack on any of Google’s major platforms, but today YouTube has apparently fallen into the hands of hackers, at least to a small extent. This morning, many high-profile music videos had their titles and thumbnails changed, forcing some artists to go so far as to take the videos down.
Update: Google confirmed it was not a hack to YouTube. On the contrary, it affected VEVO’s platform and has since been contained and the affected videos are being fixed. A spokesperson says:
After seeing unusual download activity on a handful of VEVO channels, we worked quickly with our partner to disable access while they investigated the issue.
The original story follows:
This morning, many YouTube users noted that the titles of some major music videos on the platform, most of which were part of VEVO, had been changed. The titles were mostly changed to add “Hacked by Prosox” or “Hacked by Kuroi”. Outside of the music videos, others were also hit, so it’s unclear if there was a target in mind for this.
One of the biggest stories in all of this, however, was the popular “Despacito” video. At the moment, it is the most watched video of all time on YouTube, and due to the hacked title and altered thumbnail, the video has simply been taken down. Other artists affected include Selena Gomez, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Drake and many more like The edge points out.
The purpose or method behind this hack is still unclear, but one of the hackers, Prosox, said on Twitter that it was “just for fun” and that it was done “using a script”.
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