Vevo YouTube account hacked; popular celebs affected – Despacito video deleted

The official YouTube account of Vevo video hosting giant has been hacked by Pro-Palestine hackers.

A duo of hackers going by the online handles of “Kuroi’sh & Prosox” on Twitter have hacked the official YouTube account of Vevo (Video Evolution), an American multinational video hosting service and as a result, several videos belonging to top celebrities have had their title deface meanwhile the official music video of Despacito sung by Luis Fonsi with over 5 billion views has been deleted by the hackers.

Other than Luis Fonsi, the targeted celebrities include singer Adele, Shakira, Kety Perry, Chris Brown, Stromae, Maitre Gims, Tivevo, Iggy Azalea, Marshmello, Selena Gomez, The Wolves, Vlad, Drake and tons of other top singers who have had their YouTube handles and video titles edited in the attack.

The screenshot we took shows Vevo’s YouTube channel has been hacked allowing hackers to deface the title of a recent video:

Vevo YouTube account hacked; popular celebs affected - Despacito video deleted
The screenshot we took shows Vevo’s YouTube channel has been hacked allowing hackers to deface the title of a recent video.

They did it for Palestine

A look at the edited titles, it is not difficult to realize that the reason for targeting Vevo was part of OpIsrael, an online operation in which hackers have been targeting Israeli as well as popular international platforms in support of Palestine.

“We did it for Palestine and at this moment we are controlling the whole administration server what is connected with an INVULP. We are including some (VRTMS),” Kuroi’sh told HackRead.

“We are able to hack a lot of systems because everyone thinks that if you were a great company you have the best security and nobody can hack you and this is a proof that everyone is hackable and that nobody can fix real good security we can bypass almost everything,” Kuroi’sh said.

A screenshot HackRead took shows titles of popular videos from Shakira, Maitre Gims and Adele have been defaced.

Vevo YouTube account hacked; popular celebs affected - Despacito video deleted

Another screenshot shows Chris Brown and Drake’s YouTube channel have been compromised as well:

Vevo YouTube account hacked; popular celebs affected - Despacito video deleted

The screenshot shows how the hackers defaced the Despacito video and deleted it moments later:

Vevo YouTube account hacked; popular celebs affected - Despacito video deleted
On the left hackers defaced the video title – On the right hackers have deleted the video.

Duo also hacked Twitter handles of BBC Arabia & NowThis News

Kuroi’sh & Prosox are the same hackers who, just a couple of days ago hacked the official Twitter accounts of BBC Arabia and NowThis News. After taking over the accounts, hackers sent several tweets; screenshot of which is available below:

Vevo YouTube account hacked; popular celebs affected - Despacito video deleted

OurMine hacked Vevo last year exposing 3.12TB of data online

This is not the first time when Vevo has been hacked. In September last year, Saudi Arabian hackers from the OurMine hacking group not only breached Vevo’s website but also leaked 3.12TB of data online.

It is still unclear if OurMine breach helped Kuroi’sh & Prosox to access Vevo. Nevertheless, at the time of publishing this article, Vevo’s YouTube channel was still hacked.

Waqas

Waqas Amir is a Milan-based cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Waqas is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.