Apr 11, 2018

Despacito YouTube video hacked

YouTube's music video for the hit song Despacito, which has had over five billion views, has been hacked.

The clip's cover image was replaced with a photo showing a group of people wearing masks and pointing guns.

The video was temporarily taken offline until the problem was fixed.

But videos by more than a dozen other artists posted by the music hosting service Vevo - including Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake and Taylor Swift - were also affected.

The hackers, calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi'sh, had replaced some of the videos' titles with their own messages, including a call to "free Palestine" alongside their own nicknames.

"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," a spokeswoman for YouTube told the BBC.

Vevo added: "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."

Vevo previously experienced a breach in September 2017 when some of its files were stolen and leaked online.

(BBC News)