Despacito took down – hackers state ‘The Video is Unavailable’
The memory of everyone grooving to ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee seems as fresh as mountain stream yet. The news of the track being taken down from YouTube came into the picture right after it had hit the record of most viewed video on YouTube with 5 Billion views.
The Spanish-language hit “Despacito” released in January 2017, went on to break several records in music streaming. One of it was for the single holding the position of No.1 in the US, for 16 consecutive weeks. A remix of the song featuring Justin Bieber also proved immensely popular.
It was noticed that the most viewed videos of different artists around the globe – including Luis Fonsi’s Despasito, on Vevo’s YouTube channel were taken down. The videos were substituted by hackers with a message quoting ‘The Video is Unavailable’ and it was eventually taken offline while Vevo investigated.
“Vevo can confirm that a number of videos in its catalogue were subject to a security breach today, which has now been contained,” as quoted by a Vevo representative. “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.”
“After seeing unusual upload activity on a handful of VEVO channels, we worked quickly with our partner to disable access while they investigate the issue,” a YouTube representative told.
Vevo only hosts music videos from artists signed to Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment (such as Taylor Swift, Drake and Adele, Selena). Hence, eventually, the videos of these artists and more were hampered too.
After the disappearance of the milestone achiever track – Despacito, the still frame showed a group of people donning white masks, aiming guns at the camera. The hackers are calling themselves Prosox and Kurio’sh. When clicked on the video, one would receive a message that said the video was unavailable. The video has been reimbursed with the current views and statistics.
Due to this incident, a little inconvenience was caused worldwide and also it questioned the security issues but soon the problem was resolved by YouTube and Vevo. All the original videos which were hacked and taken down have been restored. Despacito regains its position on YouTube continuing with its build-up.