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YouTube Feed Hijack Of Famous Music Artists Causes Vevo To Review Security

Vevo wants to “Review Security” as regards to popular artist feed hack by hackers

Philip Aladino

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  • On Tuesday morning, some of the world’s most famous artists’ YouTube accounts overwhelmed viewers with odd music videos.
  • Vevo channels were interrupted for artists including Lil Nas X, Eminem, Drake, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Harry Styles, The Weeknd, Michael Jackson, Kanye West, and others.
  • Before the films were destroyed, Paco Sanz, a Spanish conman who was sentenced to two years in jail for lying about having a fatal illness, and artist Lil Tjay were featured in strange movies.
  • According to the article, Vevo, which advertises itself as “the world’s top music video network,” admitted to the event.

Some of the world’s top musicians’ YouTube accounts flooded viewers with bizarre music videos on Tuesday morning. Artists such as Lil Nas X, Eminem, Drake, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Harry Styles, The Weeknd, Michael Jackson, Kanye West, and others had their Vevo channels disrupted.

The Video depicts Paco Sanz, a Spanish conman who was sentenced to two years in prison for lying about having a terminal illness, and musician Lil Tjay was shown in weird videos before the films were lost.

Vevo, which bills itself as “the world’s leading music video network,” According to the report, acknowledged the incident. A spokesperson from Vevo Official Press Information, who requested anonymity due to the “nature” of the event, acknowledged the incident in a statement, saying: “Some videos were directly posted to a small number of Vevo artist channels earlier today by an illegal source.”

In addition to saying that the videos were no longer available, they said that “no pre-existing material was accessible to the source.” While the artist channels have been protected and the situation has been rectified, Vevo will perform a security assessment as a best practice.

The video “Despacito,” which was the most popular YouTube video of all time before “Baby Shark” was hacked, was vandalised and briefly deleted in 2018. This was another Vevo-related hack in 2018.


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Google and YouTube have been concentrating their efforts lately on securing famous channels. Last year, a phishing attempt aimed at artists was exposed. YouTube told a lot of big channels to use two-step verification, and Google says it sent hardware keys to more than 10,000 people who were at risk.

In spite of these safeguards, the attacker, who used the Twitter handle @lospelaosbro in the tweets, was able to keep uploading videos to high-profile channels for a long time because there was a flaw in Vevo’s system.

The artists or the individuals who run their sites were most likely unable to intervene. According to Vevo’s artist website, it works by establishing a separate certified artist channel for uploading videos, which YouTube then mixes with footage from the artist’s own YouTube profile.

According to Vevo support page, “Vevo does not provide direct access to artists.” People who make their own videos or the record company for an artist will upload the video to Vevo, which will then send it to YouTube and other places.

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