Popular YouTube Music Videos Defaced In Hack

Vevo confirms hackers pulled down most-viewed video from YouTube

In the case of "Despacito", the video's description was altered, as was its thumbnail image (which was changed to a picture of a masked, gun-wielding gang from Netflix's Casa De Papel).

Many other popular super hit music videos have been affected, including songs from Chris Brown, Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. They host every music video worth watching on YouTube. The video, which has been viewed over five billion times, has since reappeared on Fonsi's Vevo-linked YouTube account. The video-hosting site says it's still recovering from the hack and investigating its source. 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.

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A Twitter account that seems to belong to one of the hackers claims the pair used a script to change the titles, adding "Don't judge me I love YouTube". "We are working to reinstate all videos affected and (for) our catalogue to be restored to full working order".

Mark James, security specialist at ESET, said the details now surrounding the hack are sparse, so trying to figure out those responsible did or how they did it is not something that's easily done. These videos were unchanged, but their titles were edited to contain the names "Prosox" and "Kuroi'sh", and the word "hacked".

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A user appearing to be Prosox commented on the hack on Twitter.

According to Prof Alan Woodward, a cybersecurity expert from Surrey University, "to upload and alter video content with code you should require an authorization token".

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Update 4/10/18 10:45 AM ET: Vevo has confirmed to Engadget that a "security breach" affected a number of videos, and that it's continuing to look into the cause.

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