It seems that YouTube has been a victim of hackers today, since several high profile music videos have been deleted. The most watched YouTube video of all time, "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, disappeared from YouTube today after being disfigured by hackers. The image of the video was altered and replaced by a gang masked with guns, and the description was modified by hackers who call themselves Prosox and Kuroi & sh.
Many other popular music videos have also been defaced, including songs by Chris Brown, Shakira, DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Drake, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. Some of those videos are still available, with defaced titles and thumbnail images. All the affected music videos were uploaded to the artist's Vevo YouTube accounts, and it is not clear if the hackers gained access to individual accounts or if there was a wider exploit with Vevo accounts.
The Verge contacted Google to comment on the violation, and we will update it accordingly.
YouTube thumbnail pirated by Despacito