Hackers Ruined Music Videos More Than MTV


Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Decpacito", the most-viewed video on YouTube and the first to reach 5 billion views, was removed and replaced by a disturbing image of masked men in red hoods holding guns. Music videos for other major artists including Calvin Harris, Katy Perry, Shakira, Drake, Selena Gomez and more also had their titles changed to say that they were "Hacked by Prosox" with thumbnails being changed too. The affected music videos were apparently uploaded to the artist's Vevo YouTube accounts.

The videos were taken down for a short period of time before returning to the platform.

The recently hacked music videos on YouTube were restored after a cyber attack on the popular video streaming service today. It's unclear whether the hackers gained access to individual accounts or if there was a wider exploit with Vevo accounts, according to the Verge. The next incident may be less of a prank (as this appears to be) and more of a malicious campaign.

A spokesperson for YouTube issued the following statement: "After seeing unusual upload activity on a handful of Vevo channels, we worked quickly with our partner to disable access while they investigate the issue".

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"We are working to reinstate all videos affected and our catalogue to be restored to full working order". These videos were unchanged, but their titles were edited to contain the names "Prosox" and "Kuroi'sh", and the word "hacked".

Mark James, security specialist at ESET, said the details now surrounding the hack are sparse, so trying to figure out those responsible did or how they did it is not something that's easily done.

According to the Independent, a hacker identifying as Kuroi'sh hacked into Twitter accounts run by news organizations last week.

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