Despite earlier reports that YouTube had been hacked, that is not the case. Vevo was!
On Tuesday morning people started noticing there favorite videos including Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’ had been taken down. Topping charts to become the world’s most watched video with over 5 billion views on YouTube, viewers were shocked to find the video replaced with messages from hackers before they were eventually taken offline while Vevo investigated.
The clip’s cover image was replaced with a photo showing a group of people wearing masks and wielding guns from a Netflix show called ‘Casa de Papel.’
The hackers calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi’sh had replaced some of the videos’ titles with messages including a call to ‘free Palestine.’
A Twitter account that allegedly belonged to one of the hackers stated that it was all done for fun.
‘’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,” the tweet read.
Despacito was not the only unique case. Other popular songs that were defaced include Chris Brown, Shakira, DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Drake, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. However, some of those videos are still available but with defaced titles and thumbnail images.
‘’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.’’ A Vevo representative told Polygon.