‘Free Palestine’ hackers deface YouTube’s most popular music video
search
No mas

‘Free Palestine’ hackers deface YouTube’s most popular music video

YouTube fixes issue after fans looking for videos by top artists including Drake, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift found footage removed

The image that appeared on the popular YouTube music video 'Despacito' that was taken over by hackers who wrote message 'Free Palestine' under the clip on April 11, 2018. (Screen capture/YouTube)
The image that appeared on the popular YouTube music video 'Despacito' that was taken over by hackers who wrote message 'Free Palestine' under the clip on April 11, 2018. (Screen capture/YouTube)

Some of the most popular music videos on YouTube including mega-hit “Despacito” briefly disappeared Tuesday in an apparent hacking by pro-Palestinian activists.

Fans looking for videos by top artists including Drake, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift found the footage removed and the message “Free Palestine” written beneath the clips.

Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” — the most-watched video of all time at five billion views — was briefly replaced by an image of a gun-toting gang in red hoods that appeared to come from the Spanish series “Money Heist.”

Most videos were back up by early Tuesday US time but some still had defaced captions, which boasted of hacking by a duo calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi’SH.

YouTube, which is owned by search engine giant Google, said that the problem centered on Vevo — a site backed by music labels that hosts videos — and not YouTube itself.

“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 YouTube spokesperson said.

Vevo confirmed a security breach on its end and said it had been contained.

“We are working to reinstate all videos affected and our catalog to be restored to full working order. We are continuing to investigate the source of the breach,” it said in a statement.

A Twitter user identified as Kuroi’SH threatened more hacks including on the South Korean boy band BTS.

“This is not fake we are real!” he tweeted, adding, “Everything is hack-able.”

Join us!
A message from the Editor of Times of Israel
David Horovitz

The Times of Israel covers one of the most complicated, and contentious, parts of the world. Determined to keep readers fully informed and enable them to form and flesh out their own opinions, The Times of Israel has gradually established itself as the leading source of independent and fair-minded journalism on Israel, the region and the Jewish world.

We've achieved this by investing ever-greater resources in our journalism while keeping all of the content on our site free.

Unlike many other news sites, we have not put up a paywall. But we would like to invite readers who can afford to do so, and for whom The Times of Israel has become important, to help support our journalism by joining The Times of Israel Community. Join now and for as little as $6 a month you can both help ensure our ongoing investment in quality journalism, and enjoy special status and benefits as a Times of Israel Community member.

Become a member of The Times of Israel Community
read more:
comments