Hackers Just Deleted The Despacito Music Video From YouTube

Hackers targeted more than a dozen high-profile artists’ videos on YouTube Tuesday, including deleting the video for the hit Luis Fonsi song “Despacito.”

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The hackers replaced the thumbnail for “Despacito” – which, at 5 billion views, was YouTube’s most-viewed video till date – with an image of a masked gang in red hoodies holding guns.

The hackers replaced the thumbnail for “Despacito” – which, at 5 billion views, was YouTube’s most-viewed video till date – with an image of a masked gang in red hoodies holding guns.

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Music videos from Shakira, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Drake, Chris Brown, DJ Snake, and more, had their titles changed to include the names of the hackers.

Music videos from Shakira, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Drake, Chris Brown, DJ Snake, and more, had their titles changed to include the names of the hackers.

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Some videos, such as this one from Shakira, had “FreePalestine” added to their titles.

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All of the affected videos were uploaded to the artists’ Vevo channel on YouTube but it wasn’t immediately clear whether the hackers gained access to individual artist accounts or whether they exploited Vevo itself.

A Twitter account that apparently belongs to the hackers, claimed the hack was “just for fun.”

BuzzFeed News has reached out to YouTube and Vevo for comment.

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