Vevo artist accounts on YouTube compromised "just for fun", now restored

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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.

On April 4, as Twitterati searched for news regarding the shooting at the YouTube headquarters in the United States, hackers compromised a verified employee's Twitter account to spread fake news in the midst of the attack.

This morning, many YouTube users noted that titles on some major music videos on the platform, most of which were a part of VEVO, have been altered. At least one of the hackers claim that they used a "script" to alter the video titles.

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Other artists affected include Taylor Swift, Shakira, Drake and Selena Gomez. Among the affected music videos was Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's Despacito, which now holds the title for YouTube's most viewed video of all time, coming in at over five billion views.

Cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward, from Surrey University, said it was unlikely that the hacker had been able to gain access so easily. Some of those videos are still available, with defaced titles and thumbnail images.

You all should know that Luis Fonsi's Despacito is the most-watched video of all time at five billion views was briefly replaced by an image of a gun-toting gang in red hoods that appeared to come from the Spanish series Money Heist.

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YouTube has been compromised by hackers calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi'sh.

YouTube itself was not hacked, and Vevo has confirmed that it has contained the security breach. "We are working to reinstate all videos affected and our catalogue to be restored to full working order".

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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