Vevo’s YouTube channel has been hacked by unknown persons. They managed to remove the official music videos of international artists and bands and replace them with video clips from a Spanish con man. The video hosting service has since removed the uploaded videos and repaired the damage.
That writes the American tech site The Verge.
Hackers replace music videos with Spanish crook clip
Anyone who regularly watches the official music videos of artists on YouTube has certainly heard of the name Vevo. The company publishes clips from the likes of Lil Nas X, Eminem, Drake, Taylor Swift, Ariane Grande, Harry Styles, The Weeknd, Michael Jackson, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber on the channel. Together they have hundreds of millions of fans and followers. All in all, an interesting target for hackers.
Before the music videos of these artists disappeared, viewers watched for hours on end a song by rapper Lil Tjay and clips by Paco Sanz. Paco Sanz is a Spanish con man who has been sentenced to two years in prison for large-scale fraud. He lied that he had cancer and was terminally ill. In total, he would have scammed victims for around 350,000 euros. He used that money to live in luxury and luxury.
It is unknown who is behind the hack. A Vevo spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that the incident occurred. “Some videos were uploaded to a small number of Vevo artist channels earlier today [Tuesday, ed.] by an unauthorized source. Pre-existing content was not accessible. While the artist channels have been secured and the incident has been resolved, Vevo will learn from this and monitor its security systems,” the spokesperson said.
Google and YouTube take action against hackers
It’s not the first time hackers have taken over Vevo’s YouTube channel. In 2018, two French teenagers hacked into the YouTube channel of the video hosting service. They removed the music video ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee and replaced it with a clip from the Netflix series Casa de Papel.
Google, the owner of YouTube, is doing everything it can to secure popular channels. At the end of last year, the video platform was misused for a large-scale phishing campaign. Some 15,000 fake accounts sent more than one million messages to popular content creators in a short period of time. Through these fake messages, cybercriminals tried to steal login credentials and personal information. The perpetrators also tried to spread malware to steal login cookies.
YouTube urged millions of popular YouTube channel owners to turn on two-factor authentication. In addition to a username and password, you also need an access code to log in to your channel. You will receive this on an authentication application on your smartphone. The access code is constantly changing, which makes it extra difficult for hackers to crack an account. In addition, Google handed out more than 10,000 authentication keys to users who were at increased risk of being hacked.
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