Published: Wed, April 11, 2018

Masked people with guns show up on Despacito's thumbnail — YouTube hacked

Masked people with guns show up on Despacito's thumbnail — YouTube hacked

The wildly popular "Despacito" video was allegedly attacked by hackers and then disappeared off of YouTube, according to The Verge.

Luis Fonzi's hit "Despacito" had been viewed more than 5 billion times before being deleted on Tuesday.

The video was among other Vevo music content to be hacked from artists such as Drake, Selena Gomez, Shakira, and Taylor Swift.

The videos that were affected appear to be working just fine as of April 10. "We are continuing to investigate the source of the breach", it said in a statement.

Prosox seemed to confirm the hack on Twitter writing that: "Its just for fun i just use script "youtube-change-title-video" and i write "hacked" don t judge me i love youtube".


Several other high-profile videos connected with American video-hosting service VEVO were also affected.

"Despacito", the most-viewed YouTube video of all time, was reportedly "altered and replaced with a masked gang holding guns".

While numerous videos have since been changed back to their original there are some which still show the altered title. Someone also identifying themselves as Kuroi'SH hacked a number of news organizations' Twitter accounts, including that of NowThis, last week, and tweeted a range of posts including his name. Earlier, it was reported that Vevo had deleted the videos from its channel, but the video is showing up once again in searches on YouTube.

Professor Alan Woodward, a cybersecurity expert from Surrey University, told the BBC the hack must have come from stolen authorization codes, as it's unlikely the company's servers would have been accessible otherwise.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's song "Despacito" was targeted in a YouTube hack.

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