Going by the names “Prosox and Kuroi’sh”, these hackers have certainly made a name for themselves, by hacking many of YouTube’s popular music videos, including the music video for “Despacito”, which has had over five billion views.
The video’s cover image was replaced with a photo of a group of people wearing masks and pointing guns at the camera. The video was taken down temporarily until the problem was fixed. So if you search up the video now, you’ll no longer see the hacked image, so we can only show you screenshots.
However, Despacito was not the only music video to fall victim to hackers, as videos for many other artists were affected – including Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake, Adele and Taylor Swift.
As well as the thumbnail for the video, some of the titles were also replaced with their own messages, including a call to “Free Palestine”, along with their own nicknames of Kuroi’sh and Prosox.
A spokeswoman for Youtube told the BBC: “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”
Vevo also commented on the issue, stating that they were working on reinstating all the affected videos.
“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.”
However, one of the alleged hackers (apparently Prosox) posted through Twitter that the whole thing was “just for fun”, suggesting that there was no ill-intent from the hackers, despite what the images were suggesting.
@YouTube Its just for fun i just use script "youtube-change-title-video" and i write "hacked" don t judge me i love youtube <3
— Prosox (@ProsoxW3b) April 10, 2018
However, cyber-security expert Professor Alan Woodward of Surrey University, doubts that the hackers were able to gain access so easily.
“To upload and alter video content with code you should require an authorisation token,” he said. “So, either this hacker has found a way around that need for authorisation, or they are being economical with the facts, or they obtained the permissions in some other way.”
Whatever the reasons for the hacking, everything is A-OK and you can all go back to enjoying Despacito or whatever else you’re into, without having those freaky Slipknot-lookalike masks pointing guns at you on their thumbnails.
Anyway, it’s not as if they managed to hack into the actual music videos themselves to re-edit them or anything like that, which would’ve of course, have been impossible.
<Story by Emily Clark>
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