YouTube Becomes a Hack Victim - Loses Many Popular Music Albums

YouTube hack

Hackers calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi'SH took to Twitter on Tuesday to brag about the disruption to Google’s popular video-sharing platform

YouTube was the victim of a cyber attack today, and some of the most viewed music videos were defaced or deleted, according to the Verge.

Numerous affected videos were hosted by Vevo, though it's unclear whether the hack was limited to a single service. "Seriously, if you search for any music video on YouTube, it'll be hosted by "(Artist) VEVO".

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Decpacito", the most-viewed video on YouTube and the first to reach 5 billion views, was removed and replaced by a disturbing image of masked men in red hoods holding guns. Along with taking credit for the hacks in the song names, some videos also had the text of "free Palestine" written in the description.

Vevo houses artists like Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Eminem, Drake, Katy Perry and more. The titles mainly have been changed to add "Hacked by Prosox" or "Hacked by Kuroi". A hacker hijacked the verified Twitter account of Vadim Lavrusik, who works as the Product Manager at the video sharing platform and used the profile to implicate a YouTube broadcaster in the shooting.

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Meanwhile, now it appears that all videos are back to normal as a YouTube's spokesperson said; "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".

As of now, there is little information as to how all the famous Vevo accounts got hacked or whether or not these accounts have been exploited any further. "We are working to reinstate all videos affected and (for) our catalogue to be restored to full working order".

"We are continuing to investigate the source of the breach", spokesperson Anthi Pantelidis said in an email.

Although it wasn't at fault, YouTube is unlikely to reciprocate that love.

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