Hackers take down the world’s most popular video of all time on YouTube

The most famous and viewed video in the world was defaced on YouTube on April 11 (April 10 in the U.S.). The music video of ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee was taken down for several minutes by a group of hackers that identify their selves as Prosox and Kuroi’sh.

Some of the video’s thumbnails were replaced with a photo of a masked gang holding guns—an image taken from Casa de Papel (Money Heist), a content of Netflix. Later that day, a Twitter user who claims to be among the hackers said they were just having fun and used a ‘script’ to alter video titles.

The YouTube video of ‘Despacito’ was briefly taken down following the hacking, though it is still not clear if it was due to hackers’ activity or YouTube’s own measure to limit exposure while reversing the hack. Right now, the music video, which is the most viewed on the video-sharing site so far, has a whopping 5.05 billion views.

Prosox and Kuroi’sh also simultaneously messed with music videos of other artists in the Vevo channel like Katy Perry, Drake, Maroon 5, Shakira, and Adele. The hackers are also threatening to compromise the social media accounts of several celebrities and key personalities, including YouTube CEO Sunsa Wojcicki.

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