YouTube compromised? Several popular videos defaced by hackers

Sheila Mcguire
April 12, 2018

A large number of high-profile music videos have been defaced on Youtube; which has now fallen victim to potential hackers.

Numerous affected videos were hosted by Vevo, though it's unclear whether the hack was limited to a single service. Vevo's YouTube account was likely hacked which resulted in music videos such as Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito", which also happens to be the most-viewed video on YouTube, being defaced. The video's image was changed and replaced with a masked gang holding guns and the hackers altered the description, calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi'sh. Among the affected music videos was Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's Despacito, which now holds the title for YouTube's most viewed video of all time, coming in at over five billion views. BBC News reports that the targeted video clips were posted by Vevo.

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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.

"Its just for fun i just use script "youtube-change-title-video" and i write "hacked" don t judge me i love youtube 3", wrote a user called Prosox. The next incident may be less of a prank (as this appears to be) and more of a malicious campaign. "We are continuing to investigate the source of the breach", said the spokesperson.

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"So, either this hacker has found a way around that need for authorisation, or they are being economical with the facts, or they obtained the permissions in some other way". Also, he added that "We are working to reinstate all videos affected and our catalog to be restored to full working order".

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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