Saturday , April 21 2018
Home / Tech / Despacito YouTube music video hacked plus other Vevo clips

Despacito YouTube music video hacked plus other Vevo clips

Hacked Despacito videoImage copyright youtube
Image caption The music video's cover image was replaced with a photo from the Spanish TV series Money Heist

YouTube's music video for the hit song Despacito, which has had over five billion views, has been hacked.

The clip's cover image was replaced with a photo showing a group of people wearing masks and pointing guns.

The video was temporarily taken offline until the problem was fixed.

But videos by more than a dozen other artists posted by the music hosting service Vevo – including Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake and Taylor Swift – were also affected.

The hackers, calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi'sh, had replaced some of the videos' titles with their own messages, including a call to "free Palestine" alongside their own nicknames.

"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.

Vevo added: "We are working to reinstate all videos affected and our catalogue to be restored to full working order. We are continuing to investigate the source of the breach."

Vevo previously experienced a breach in September 2017 when some of its files were stolen and leaked online.

Image copyright YouTube
Image caption Vevo's YouTube page featured one of the affected videos at its top

A Twitter account that apparently belonged to one of the hackers had posted: "It's just for fun, I just use [the] script 'youtube-change-title-video' and I write 'hacked'."

"Don't judge me I love YouTube," it added.

Cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward, from Surrey University, said it was unlikely that the hacker had been able to gain access so easily.

"To upload and alter video content with code you should require an authorisation token," he said.

"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."

About admin

Our goal is to help you improve your life and improve your standard of living and gain more knowledge about what to do in all cases whether Business and Investing or Arts and Entertainment or

Check Also

Ikea's TaskRabbit app back online after data breach

Image copyright TaskRabbit Image caption TaskRabbit is an odd jobs marketplaceIkea's odd jobs marketplace TaskRabbit is back online, following a "cyber-security incident" on Monday. TaskRabbit lets people find freelance workers to complete household tasks such as cleaning, gardening or assembling flat-pack furniture. The company says an "unauthorised user gained access to our systems" and "certain personally identifiable information may have been compromised". It pledged to notify any customer who had their data accessed in the attack. The TaskRabbit app and website were closed on Monday and Tuesday. And the company said it was working with law enforcement and a cyber-security company to investigate. The company has urged people to change their passwords on other websites and apps, if they have used their TaskRabbit password for other accounts. Ikea bought San Francisco-based TaskRabbit in 2017, although it is operated as an independent company within the Ikea Group. The ap..

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *