YouTube, Vevo Respond To Major Music Video Hack

Alfred Osborne
April 11, 2018

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.

Popular streaming service YouTube has confirmed hacking activity on a number of Vevo channels on its platform, affecting high-profile music videos. At least one of the hackers claim that they used a "script" to alter the video titles.

Vevo is the only company still profiting only music videos in 2018.

Vevo houses artists like Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Eminem, Drake, Katy Perry and more. The music video for Despacito, the 2017 chart-topping song from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, was unavailable for a short amount of time earlier today as part of an apparent hack. In the case of "Despacito", the video's description was altered, as was its thumbnail image (which was changed to a picture of a masked, gun-wielding gang from Netflix's Casa De Papel).

Currently, all the hacked videos have been reverted back to their normal state and the Despacito video is also back on the platform with the same 5 billion views. The Independent believes the hackers could only change the names and thumbnails of videos, rather than delete them.

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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.

A user appearing to be Prosox commented on the hack on Twitter. Woodward thinks the hackers may have found a way around the need for authorization or are refusing to disclose how they did it.

While Despactio's music video was taken offline from YouTube some time after the hack became evident, some of the other defaced videos remained online.

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