Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Vevo hacked as online pranksters deface Despacito and other pop music videos

Vevo hacked as online pranksters deface Despacito and other pop music videos

The hack has left popular music videos on YouTube with defaced titles and thumbnail images.

Numerous affected videos were hosted by Vevo, though it's unclear whether the hack was limited to a single service.

The most-viewed video of all time on YouTube, Despacito, wasn't quite itself earlier today.

The clip's cover image was replaced with a photo showing a group of people wearing masks and pointing guns.

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".

A number of other pop music videos, including those by Drake, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, were also edited. There was a short time where Vevo videos were apparently pulled from the service once the problem was discovered, but now some of the videos appear to be back online, with proper thumbnails and descriptions in place. BBC News reports that the targeted video clips were posted by Vevo. The hackers call themselves Prosox and Kuroi'sh and had written "Free Palestine" in the description below the hacked videos. "We are continuing to investigate the source of the breach", said the spokesperson. Overall, the hacker did it and they were out without leaving any trace so far. "We are working to reinstate all videos affected and (for) our catalogue to be restored to full working order". It's also not clear if the hackers have gained access to the individual accounts or if there has been a widespread exploit with the Vevo accounts. These videos were unchanged, but their titles were edited to contain the names "Prosox" and "Kuroi'sh", and the word "hacked". Cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward, from Surrey University, said via BBC News that "t$3 o upload and alter video content with code you should require an authorisation token".

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