Top Music Videos Defaced In Vevo Hack

Top Music Videos Defaced In Vevo Hack”

Music video service Vevo has confirmed its YouTube page suffered a security breach, after some of the video-sharing site's most popular videos were doctored by hackers.

Videos by Drake, Katy Perry, Shakira and Taylor Swift were affected by the attack which saw some videos delisted, some have their titles changed, and others having their holding images replaced. The Independent believes the hackers could only change the names and thumbnails of videos, rather than delete them.

YouTube has just succumbed to a disastrous hack.

However, the hacker Prosox returned to his twitter account to explain his intention by showing his respect to Vevo and advising them not to leave the control of their platforms to developers who "did not take into account this hacking", and added that he did not delete Despacito and that he had no intentions to harm their customers.

While little is known for certain about the source of the attack, it seems that Vevo was possibly the intended target as the videos that were attacked were in Vevo accounts. It's unclear whether the hackers gained access to individual accounts or if there was a wider exploit with Vevo accounts, according to the Verge. The hackers called themselves Prosox and Kuroi'sh and reportedly wrote "Free Palestine" underneath some of the videos. Many of their videos are still available on the platform, but they come with a defaced title and a thumbnail image. Cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward, from Surrey University, said via BBC News that "t$3 o upload and alter video content with code you should require an authorisation token".

Currently, all the hacked videos have been reverted back to their normal state and the Despacito video is also back on the platform with the same 5 billion views.

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