YouTube Becomes a Hack Victim - Loses Many Popular Music Albums

Cristina Cross
April 12, 2018

Here, we would like to add that the YouTube didn't get hacked but one of the biggest YouTube account or channel Vevo, which is a Sony Music Company video uploading channel, got hacked. The affected music videos were apparently uploaded to the artist's Vevo YouTube accounts. The music video for Despacito, the 2017 chart-topping song from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, was unavailable for a short amount of time earlier today as part of an apparent hack. Some of the videos had their traditional thumbnail changed to something a bit more sinister, showing a gang holding guns (shown above) that was lifted from the Netflix show Money Heist, while others simply had their descriptions changed with the words "hacked by Prosox and Kuroi 'sh" or "FreePalestine". Many of their videos are still available on the platform, but they come with a defaced title and a thumbnail image. Now, reports are coming that all of the videos are back again but the impact is on news now.

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YouTube has been compromised by hackers calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi'sh. It's unclear whether the hackers gained access to individual accounts or if there was a wider exploit with Vevo accounts, according to the Verge. The defacement includes titles of the videos being changes to include the names of the hackers, the cover image changed, however, most of the content of videos remained unchanged.

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"We are continuing to investigate the source of the breach", spokesperson Anthi Pantelidis said in an email. "We are working to reinstate all videos affected and our catalogue to be restored to full working order".

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A Twitter account allegedly belonging to one of the hackers posted "It's just for fun, I just use [the] script "youtube-change-title-video" and I write "hacked" and "Don't judge me I love YouTube". Overall, the hacker did it and they were out without leaving any trace so far.

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