Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Research | By Derrick Holloway

YouTube hit by cyberattack, 'Despacito' and other top music videos vanish

YouTube hit by cyberattack, 'Despacito' and other top music videos vanish

The video also disappeared from YouTube completely for a brief time earlier today.

A Twitter account that seems to belong to one of the hackers claims the pair used a script to change the titles, adding "Don't judge me I love YouTube".

It's not all that often we hear of a big hack on any of Google's major platforms, but today YouTube has seemingly fallen to hackers, at least to a small extent.

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Vevo houses artists like Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Eminem, Drake, Katy Perry and more. Some of those videos are still available, with defaced titles and thumbnail images.

Numerous affected videos were hosted by Vevo, though it's unclear whether the hack was limited to a single service. The video-hosting site says it's still recovering from the hack and investigating its source. It's also not clear if the hackers have gained access to the individual accounts or if there has been a widespread exploit with the Vevo accounts.

The Independent reports that the cyber attack began when the names of numerous most popular music videos on YouTube appeared to have their names changed.

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"So, either this hacker has found a way around that need for authorisation, or they are being economical with the facts, or they obtained the permissions in some other way". Instead of the name of the song, the video's titles had the words "Hacked by Prosox & Kuroi'sh" written on them. The report believes the "Despacito" video was deleted or hidden by someone else as a way of limiting the reach of the hackers.

YouTube said it had worked with Vevo to secure the affected accounts after "seeing unusual upload activity on a handful of Vevo channels".

A user appearing to be Prosox commented on the hack on Twitter.

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