YouTube: Vevo Account Hacked, Most Watched 'Despacito' Video Deleted

Several YouTube videos were targeted by hackers on Tuesday (April 10), with the most-viewed upload of all time— Luis Fonsi's "Despacito," which had amassed more than 5 billion views—being suddenly deleted from the platform.

Other impacted musicians reportedly included Shakira, Chris Brown, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. Some of the account listings have been restored to their original state, although others still show the text: "Hacked by Prosox & Kurioi'SH." Despacito's thumbnail image was altered to show an image of a masked person with a gun.

According to The Hacker News, a cybersecurity website, it was Vevo's YouTube account that was targeted by the culprits, whose real-world identities remain a mystery. Google did not respond to a request for comment. Vevo is a U.S.-based video hosting service and web store that shares music videos of pop stars.

One of the alleged hackers tweeted directly to YouTube's Twitter account, stating: "Its just for fun i just use script 'youtube-change-title-video' and i write 'hacked' don t judge me i love youtube." It remains unclear exactly what "script" was used to break into the profile, but the Vevo account appears to be in the process of being restored.

In a message to Vevo, the alleged hacker—Prosox— rambled: "You have all my respect but do not leave the control to your site to any developer did not take into account this hacking it was a fun if we would like to harm your customers we would delete all the video but I did not delete despacito must believe me."

Despacito account hacked
The popular "Despacito " music video was seemingly deleted from YouTube. YouTube Screenshot