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Popular YouTube Music Videos Defaced In Hack

Popular YouTube Music Videos Defaced In Hack

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Decpacito", the most-viewed video on YouTube and the first to reach 5 billion views, was removed and replaced by a disturbing image of masked men in red hoods holding guns. Videos from Adele, Chris Brown, DJ Snake, Drake, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Shakira, and Taylor Swift were reportedly also hacked.

All of these altered/affected music videos were uploaded to their respective artists Vevo YouTube account.

However, the hacker Prosox returned to his twitter account to explain his intention by showing his respect to Vevo and advising them not to leave the control of their platforms to developers who "did not take into account this hacking", and added that he did not delete Despacito and that he had no intentions to harm their customers. The video-hosting site says it's still recovering from the hack and investigating its source. The Verge reports that some of the videos from the aforementioned singers were available with defaced titles and thumbnail images.

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"After seeing unusual upload activity on a handful of Vevo channels, we worked quickly with our partner to disable access while they investigate the issue", a spokeswoman for YouTube told the BBC.

YouTube has been compromised by hackers calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi'sh.

Mark James, security specialist at ESET, said the details now surrounding the hack are sparse, so trying to figure out those responsible did or how they did it is not something that's easily done. Along with taking credit for the hacks in the song names, some videos also had the text of "free Palestine" written in the description. Woodward thinks the hackers may have found a way around the need for authorization or are refusing to disclose how they did it. At this time, it appears that all of the affected videos have been restored.