Despacito YouTube music video hacked. Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake and Taylor Swift are also affected

Despacito YouTube music video hacked. Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake and Taylor Swift are also affected

Daddy Yankee had reached the remarkable milestone of becoming the first YouTubevideo in history to reach 5bn views, it disappeared. A still on the video shows several masked figures aiming guns at the camera, which is not a scene from the “Despacito” video, suggesting YouTube orVevo may have .

YouTube’s music video for the hit song Despacito, which has had over five billion views, has been hacked.

More than a dozen other artists, including Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake and Taylor Swift are also affected. The original clips had been posted by Vevo.

The Despacito video has been removed, but its cover image had shown a group wearing masks and pointing guns.

The hackers, calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi’sh, had written “Free Palestine” underneath the videos.

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Several of the clips remain live at time of writing.

Of those, the actual video content itself appears to be unaltered. Many titles have been changed to include the names of the hackers, but only some feature the replaced cover image.

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Image captionVevo’s YouTube page features one of the affected videos at its top

Both YouTube and the music video hosting service Vevo have been contacted for comment.

A Twitter account that apparently belongs to one of the hackers posted: “It’s just for fun, I just use [the] script ‘youtube-change-title-video’ and I write ‘hacked’.”

“Don’t judge me I love YouTube,” it added.

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Vevo’s YouTube account hacked; attacker just changed the title and thumbnail of Despacito Song, the most-viewed YouTube video with over 5 billion views. Kuroi’SH is the same hacker who hacked once. The hackers, calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi’sh, wrote “Free Palestine” beneath the videos. Several clips remain live at the time of writing.

Just five days after it was announced that the video ft. Daddy Yankee had reached the remarkable milestone of becoming the first YouTube video in history to reach 5bn views, it disappeared.

A still on the video shows several masked figures aiming guns at the camera, which is not a scene from the “Despacito” video. When fans attempt to press play, it says the video is unavailable

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