In the early hours of Thursday, 10th April, the VEVO platform came under attack by hackers who targeted major official artists’ channels, one of which happened to be Luis Fonsi’s.
People began noticing early Thursday morning that music videos from some of the most popular artists in the world — including Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito”, the most-watched video on YouTube Vevo were taken down. The videos were replaced with messages from hackers and eventually were taken offline while Vevo investigated.
Vevo is a video platform that’s owned by the three biggest record companies in the United States: Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment.
Unlike YouTube where anyone can upload contents to, VEVO is specifically run by administrators who upload videos to the website and the Vevo YouTube channel.
This also isn’t the first time Vevo has been hacked. Vevo was hacked in September 2017, where roughly “3.12TB worth of internal files” were published online, according to Gizmodo. The attack was coordinated by OurMine, the same group behind the BuzzFeed and TechCrunch hacks, as well as that of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts.
That attack, which targeted the company’s internal documents, didn’t affect YouTube either. “Despacito” is currently the most-watched video on YouTube, with more than 5.02 billion views since its debut in January 2017.
It’s easy to look at Vevo and YouTube as being one company. Vevo accounted for “50 million unique views on YouTube in May 2013, after purchasing a 7 percent stake in the company in the same year, which is why Vevo videos are syndicated on YouTube.
Vevo said in their own statement. “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.”
Many of the videos targeted in the original attack have been re-uploaded to YouTube at this time — including “Despacito.”