Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Popular Music Videos Defaced — YouTube Hack

Popular Music Videos Defaced — YouTube Hack

Numerous affected videos are uploaded to Vevo YouTube accounts.

A handful of YouTube music videos-including the most popular video in YouTube history-were defaced on Tuesday following an apparent hack. The damage seems to have been relatively minor, however, with the hacked video titles including tags such as "FreePalestine" and "Fuck Illuminati", and some video images altered to a scene from popular Netflix show Casa de Papel, known in English as Money Heist. More than a dozen other artists, including Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake and Taylor Swift are also affected. A hacker hijacked the verified Twitter account of Vadim Lavrusik, who works as the Product Manager at the video sharing platform and used the profile to implicate a YouTube broadcaster in the shooting. Now, reports are coming that all of the videos are back again but the impact is on news now.

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. The Verge reports that some of the videos from the aforementioned singers were available with defaced titles and thumbnail images.

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The Independent reports that the cyber attack began when the names of numerous most popular music videos on YouTube appeared to have their names changed. The hackers, calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi'sh, had written "Free Palestine" underneath the videos.

According to the Independent, a hacker identifying as Kuroi'sh hacked into Twitter accounts run by news organizations last week. Woodward thinks the hackers may have found a way around the need for authorization or are refusing to disclose how they did it. At the time of writing, all the music videos appear to have been restored.

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