Despacito Video, Other Vevo Clips on YouTube Hacked
Hit song Despacito and a number of other popular music videos on Vevo’s YouTube channel were temporarily taken offline after having been defaced by hackers who called themselves Prosox and Kuroi’sh.
The hackers used a photo showing a group of people wearing masks and pointing guns as the video’s cover image and replaced the title with messages such as “Free Palestine”. A Twitter account suspected to belong to the hackers tweeted the message: “It’s just for fun, I just use [the] script ‘youtube-change-title-video’ and I write ‘hacked’.”
A cybersecurity expert from from Surrey University believes that the hacker may not have been able to gain access so easily and said that the suspects may have found a way around the need for an authorization token, or they were able to get the permissions from somewhere else.