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Despacito, Most Viewed Video on YouTube, Gets Deleted in Apparent Hack

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Despacito, Most Viewed Video on YouTube, Gets Deleted in Apparent Hack

Luis Fonsi’s Despacito Ft. Daddy Yankee, the most streamed video of all time on YouTube that hit a record 5 billion views recently, was deleted from YouTube for a brief while on Tuesday.

It appears that Vevo, a US-based video service that is a joint venture between Universal Music Group (UMG), Sony Music Entertainment (SME), and Warner Music Group (WMG), has been hacked in some form. Many of its videos, by artists such as DJ Snake, Drake, Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry, Maroon5, and Shakira, have been vandalised with the song title changed to what appear to be the names of the hackers responsible – including Prosox and Kuroi’SH, amongst others.

Despacito also fell victim to the same treatment, with its song title being changed to read “Hacked by Prosox & Kuroi’SH & Shade & Akashi IT & KiraRoot & Xepher & SenpaiWeb & Misao…” and the video itself showing a still of masked figures aiming a gun at the camera.

If you press play, you were shown it was removed altogether. Soon after, navigating to the song showed this message: “This video has been removed by the user”. Now, however, it appears everything is back to normal.

Despacito, Most Viewed Video on YouTube, Gets Deleted in Apparent Hack

The defaced video thumbnail for Despacito

The Hacker News claims Kuroi’SH, one of the hackers whose names appears in almost all the defaced videos, was responsible for hacking Now This and BBC Arabic’s Twitter handles last week.

A simple search for ‘Hacked by Prosox’ shows a wide-list of hacked Vevo videos on YouTube, including those by Calvin Harris, DJ Snake, Drake, Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry, Maroon5, Selena Gomez, and Shakira. Several videos have also popped up, hoping to take advantage of the surge and claiming to show a full list of hacked videos.

We’ve reached out to YouTube and Vevo for a comment on the hack, and will update this story when we hear back.

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