Despacito, YouTube’s most viewed music video, is among dozens reportedly defaced with pro-Palestine messages by hackers.
Artists including Adele, Taylor Swift, Shakira and Drake, have had the names of their songs replaced with the name of the hackers, Prosox and Kuroi’sh, and the message “Free Palestine”.
Luis Fonsi’s Despacito, which has been viewed more than five billion times, was among those affected before it was removed from the site.
Some of the affected clips have had their cover image changed to a group of men in orange jumpsuits wearing masks and pointing guns at the camera.
The videos, which together have been viewed tens of billions of times on the Vevo channel, were unaltered.
A Twitter account reportedly belonging to one of the hackers posted: “Its just for fun i just use script ‘youtube-change-title-video’ and i write ‘hacked’.”
Vevo said in a statement: “Vevo can confirm that a number of videos in its catalogue were subject to a security breach today, which has now been contained.
@YouTube Its just for fun i just use script “youtube-change-title-video” and i write “hacked” don t judge me i love youtube <3
— Prosox (@ProsoxW3b) April 10, 2018
“We are working to reinstate all videos affected and our catalogue to be restored to full working order. We are continuing to investigate the source of the breach.”