Music videos altered by hackers at Vevo

Irene MckinneyApr 11, 2018

Just days after reaching 5 billion views, "Despacito" was seen on YouTube saying "this video was removed by its user". In the list of victims was clips Chris brown, Shakira, DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Drake, Katie Perry and Taylor swift. Among the affected music videos was Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's Despacito, which now holds the title for YouTube's most viewed video of all time, coming in at over five billion views.

Data breaches have become quite common over the past decade, especially when we live at a time where most of the big corporations rely on digital data. Some of the account listings have been restored to their original state, although others still show the text: "Hacked by Prosox & Kurioi'SH".

YouTube said it had worked with Vevo to secure the affected accounts after "seeing unusual upload activity on a handful of Vevo channels". All the videos have since returned to the site, Pitchfork reports. Despacito, in case you've been living under a rock, is the most-viewed YouTube video of all time.

Luis Fonsi's record-breaking video for "Despacito" appears to have been deleted from YouTube. With "Free Palestine" written underneath, the hackers have named themselves Prosox and Kuroi'sh.

Surrey University cyber-security expert Alan Woodward told the BBC News that it probably took more work to gain access. Surprisingly all videos which were defaced are from individual Vevo accounts of these artists. YouTube pulled the video down after discovering that it was tampered with. The most watched video, Despacito by Daddy Yankee is not to be found anymore on the video platform.

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