Vevo hack defaces YouTube music videos from Drake, Taylor Swift
11 April, 2018, 11:23 | Author: Becky Perry
Vevo is a joint venture between three of the music industry's biggest record labels, Universal, Sony and Warner, with music videos by its artists syndicated on YouTube. Another Twitter account with the username Kuroi'sh took responsibility for the hack and threatened to take down more accounts, including NASA, Jake Paul, and Logan Paul.
The image for the link leading to the music video for Luis Fonsi's hit song "Despacito" was temporarily replaced with one showing a group of hooded, masked individuals pointing guns at the camera. YouTube was the victim of a cyber attack today, and some of the most viewed music videos were defaced or deleted, according to the Verge. The video disappeared just five days after it had surpassed 5 billion views. Videos from Adele, Chris Brown, DJ Snake, Drake, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Shakira, and Taylor Swift were reportedly also hacked. Some of these videos are still available but with the defaced titles and thumbnail images.
"We are continuing to investigate the source of the breach", spokesperson Anthi Pantelidis said in an email. These videos were unchanged, but their titles were edited to contain the names "Prosox" and "Kuroi'sh", and the word "hacked". "We are working to reinstate all videos affected and (for) our catalogue to be restored to full working order".
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The hackers are claiming they used a "script" for the hack.
A user appearing to be Prosox commented on the hack on Twitter. 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".
There has been no response from Google or YouTube, but the music videos have since been restored on YouTube at the time of writing.
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