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Official YouTube video of Despacito hacked, taken down
10 Apr 2018
The official music video of the hit song Despacito on YouTube has been deleted from the website by a group of hackers. The video was posted on Vevo's YouTube account.
Hackers have also attacked some other videos posted by Vevo, affecting songs of more than a dozen artists including Selena Gomez, Shakira, Taylor Swift and Drake.
YouTube is yet to comment on the hack.
Video replaced by cover image of masked men pointing guns
Instead of the video now, viewers can see a cover image of a group of people wearing masks and pointing guns at the camera.
The altered title of the video states "Free Palestine" and reveals that the hackers go by the name of Prosox and Kuroi'sh.
Similarly, for other affected videos, many titles have been changed and a few cover images have been replaced.
Is American technology a myth? You decide
The hackers have very well indicated that the entire YouTube can be compromised on their command. If they can actually enter the YouTube channel of Vevo to selectively delete videos, really, who is safe anymore? This is nothing short of modern-day ransom.
Despacito is first YouTube video to reach 5 billion views
The song by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi was released in January 2017 and has since broken many records.
It is the first YouTube video to reach 5 billion views, it is the most streamed song in the world at 4.6 billion plays, and it was at number one for 16 consecutive weeks in the US, becoming the first song to do so.