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Despacito and other popular music videos defaced and delisted by YouTube hackers

Popular music videos have suddenly started disappearing on YouTube. (Source: Outshade)
Popular music videos have suddenly started disappearing on YouTube. (Source: Outshade)
Hackers have managed to deface or delist many popular YouTube videos, including the highly popular 'Despacito' by Fonsi and Yankeee. Some videos have entirely disappeared while some had their titles changed. The affected videos were uploaded to the artists' YouTube Vevo accounts.

A number of popular music videos on YouTube have been defaced or delisted by hackers. Even the most viewed video, 'Despacito' by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankeee, was made temporarily unavailable. While the source of the hacks is unclear, the affected videos were uploaded from the artists' official YouTube Vevo accounts.

Some of the delisted videos such as Despacito have resurfaced while others had their titles changed as the example image below. According a report by The Verge, songs by big name artists such as Chris Brown, Shakira, Selena Gomez, Katty Perry, and Taylor Swift were also affected.

One of the hackers involved tweeted,

@YouTube Its just for fun i just use script "youtube-change-title-video" and i write "hacked" don t judge me i love youtube <3

— Prosox (@ProsoxW3b) April 10, 2018

@Vevo You have all my respect but do not leave the control to your site to any developer did not take into account this hacking it was a fun if we would like to harm your customers we would delete all the video but I did not delete despacito must believe me

— Prosox (@ProsoxW3b) April 10, 2018

Another hacker threatened to take down the official channels of NASA and also of the Paul brothers. 

I'll do one challenge with you guys. If we didn't hit 40,000 followers this day I'll take down @NASAHubble @NASA and @jakepaul @LoganPaul

— Kuroi'SH (@sh_kuroi) April 10, 2018

In a statement to The Next Web, Vevo has commented on the breach and said that it has been contained and is now working to reinstate all the affected videos. The source of the breach is being investigated. YouTube also responded to the attack and said that while it did not originate from its servers, it is working with Vevo to investigate the issue. 

This is not the first time YouTube has been a hacker's target, though. A year ago, security group OurMine targeted videos belonging to the Studio71 network affecting more than 1200 channels in what is probably the largest hack in the video social network's history.

Hopefully, YouTube steps up its defenses to thwart similar attempts in the future.

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French rapper Kaaris' video had its title changed by hackers. (Source: The Next Web)
French rapper Kaaris' video had its title changed by hackers. (Source: The Next Web)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-04-11 (Update: 2018-04-11)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.