Vevo is a joint venture between three of the music industry's biggest record labels, Universal, Sony and Warner, with music videos by its artists syndicated on YouTube. The video, which has been viewed over five billion times, has since reappeared on Fonsi's Vevo-linked YouTube account. The video-hosting site says it's still recovering from the hack and investigating its source. BBC News reports that the targeted video clips were posted by Vevo. It remains unclear if the hackers were able to access the individual Vevo accounts of each artist or if they used a wider exploit to gain access to Vevo accounts.
The Independent reports that the cyber attack began when the names of numerous most popular music videos on YouTube appeared to have their names changed.
Hackers calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi'SH took to Twitter on Tuesday to brag about the disruption to Google's popular video-sharing platform.
A Statement from Vevo added: "Vevo can confirm that a number of videos in its catalog were subject to a security breach today, which has now been contained". "We are working to reinstate all videos affected and (for) our catalogue to be restored to full working order".
"So, either this hacker has found a way around that need for authorisation, or they are being economical with the facts, or they obtained the permissions in some other way".
Numerous affected videos were hosted by Vevo, though it's unclear whether the hack was limited to a single service.
According to the Independent, a hacker identifying as Kuroi'sh hacked into Twitter accounts run by news organizations last week.