Drake, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry Videos Targeted in YouTube Hack
And "Despacito" too
Published Apr 10, 2018Some of the world's most popular music videos looked a little bit less familiar earlier this morning on YouTube thanks to hackers.
YouTube accounts hosted by Vevo from artists such as Drake, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Shakira and the most-watched YouTube video ever, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," were all victims of a stunt by hackers who signed off as "Prosox and Kuroi'sh."
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). The video also disappeared from YouTube completely for a brief time earlier today.
As the BBC reports, the other affected videos were mostly tampered with by the hackers adding their names to the titles, as well as writing "Free Palestine" on some of the video descriptions.
All of the hacked videos were uploaded from artist Vevo accounts.
"Vevo can confirm that a number of videos in its catalogue were subject to a security breach today, which has now been contained," a Vevo spokesperson told The Verge. "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."
At this time, it appears that all of the affected videos have been restored.