According to the reports reaching us from our sources, Vevo’s YouTube account looks as if it has met an unfortunate situation of being hacked as a large number of high-profile music videos have been defaced. The most-viewed YouTube video ever – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” vanished from YouTube shortly after it was defaced by hackers. The image of the video was changed and replaced with a masked gang holding guns (from Netflix show Casa de Papel).
A large number of other popular music videos have also been defaced and they include songs from Chris Brown, Shakira, DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Drake, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift. Some of these videos are still available with defaced titles and thumbnail images. All of the videos which were affected were uploaded to the artist’s Vevo YouTube accounts and it is not directly clear whether the hackers were able to gain access to individual accounts or it there was a wider exploit with Vevo accounts. If nothing less, one of the hackers claimed that they made use of a “script” to alter the video titles.
Our sources stated that they reached out to Google for comment on the breach, and the company referred us to Vevo. A spokesperson of Vevo stated that, “Vevo can confirm that a number of videos in its catalogue were subject to a security breach today, which has now been contained. 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.”
Most of the affected music videos have had their titles changed to include “hacked by Kuroi’Sh & Prosox”. They also added the caption “Free Palestine” to some clips.
Kuroi’SH also tweeted that he would hack NASA, Jake Paul and Logan Paul “if we didn’t hit 40,000 followers this day”. He is also believed to have caused the breach of Google Brazil last year, which made the site defaced for more than 30 minutes.