• Beth Kilgo

Hackers target YouTube Vevo accounts

Many popular videos by well-liked artists on YouTube, including the most watched video on YouTube, "Despacito", have been hacked by a group “calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi'sh." The hackers "had replaced some of the videos' titles with their own messages, including a call to 'free Palestine' alongside their own nicknames,” according to the BBC.

A tweet from an account that belonged to one of the hackers said, “It's just for fun, I just use [the] script 'youtube-change-title-video' and I write 'hacked’,” and in the same tweet, the hacker continued to claim to love YouTube.

Professor Alan Woodward, a cyber security expert, said that “it was unlikely that that the hacker had been able to gain access so easily.” In order to do what the hackers did, an authorization token would be necessary. Woodward continued to say that either the hacker found a way around that or the hackers are not telling the whole truth.

In a tweet, one hacker implied that Vevo’s security for their accounts was weak and “claimed that they did not delete Despacito,” according to the Guardian.

The Guardian also said that “The Hacker News reports that Kuroi’sh is the same hacker who recently targeted Now This News and the BBC’s Arabic news Twitter feed.”

A spokesperson for YouTube said that access was disabled after the unusual activity was noticed on several Vevo channels. According to the Guardian and the BBC, Vevo states, “We are continuing to investigate the source of the breach.”

This isn’t the first time Vevo has been targeted. In September 2017, Vevo had some files stolen and leaked. In the 2017 leak,

Vevo's UK offices' alarm code and instructions to change the code were leaked.

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