Biggest Video Vanished After YouTube Hacking


Vevo’s YouTube Account Hack Causes Biggest Video To Disappear

Vevo’s YouTube account appears to have fallen victim to hackers. Because of this, a number of high-profile videos have been defaced including its biggest or most-watched video.

Video Disappearance

The most-viewed video of all time, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito”, briefly disappeared from YouTube after being defaced by hackers. The video’s image was altered and replaced with masked gang holding guns. The description was changed by hackers calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi’sh.


Other Videos Which Were Defaced

A lot of other popular videos have been defaced. Among them are songs by Chris Brown, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Drake, Taylor Swift, Shakira, and DJ Snake. Some of those videos are available, with defaced title and thumbnail images. The affected videos have been downloaded to the artist’s Vevo Youtube accounts. But it is not clear if these individual accounts were also infiltrated by hackers, or if there was a wider exploit on Vevo accounts. They used a video “script” to alter the video titles, claims one of the hackers.

Google’s Comment

When asked about this predicament, Google referred reporters to Vevo. “Vevo can confirm that a number of videos in its catalogue were subject to a security breach today, which has now been contained”, says a Vevo spokesperson. “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”.

What Is Vevo

Vevo is a joint venture between three of the music industry’s biggest record labels. These are Sony, Universal, and Warner with music videos of its artists syndicated on YouTube.

Despite the security breach, Vevo is assuring the public that they are doing all they can to trace the source of the problem and solve it.

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

A Twitter account claiming to belong to Prosox said that it was just for fun and that he loves YouTube so we should not judge him. Well, he should be taught a lesson. Because what he calls “fun” caused dilemma and a lot of trouble to most people. Specially those who were directly affected by it.