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Lil Nas X, Taylor Swift, Eminem… the YouTube accounts of certain stars hacked

It is the Vevo service, an important partner of YouTube, which seems to have been targeted by the pirate(s).

Several YouTube channels belonging to world famous artists, such as Taylor Swift, Kanye West, The Weeknd, Lil Nas X or Eminem were temporarily hijacked on Tuesday April 5, found various internet users and media. On many channels have thus appeared curious videos: musical excerpts from a rapper named Lil TJay or, according to the specialized site The Vergevideos showing a Spanish citizen recently convicted in a high-profile fraud and scam case.

All the videos uploaded, which were quickly deleted, linked to a Twitter account titled “Lospelaosbro”. On Tuesday morning, this account published a series of tweets claiming responsibility for these hacks of celebrity YouTube channels and asking Internet users to suggest other artists to attack. The links he shared are now inactive, but several of them have been saved by Google’s cache, which shows that videos have been fraudulently broadcast on the YouTube channels concerned.

An example of hacking carried out on Tuesday April 5 on the Youtube channel of American rapper Lil Durk.

Similar hacks in 2018

Contacted by The VergeVevo, a company partner of YouTube and many artists, specializing in music videos, has confirmed that “videos have been uploaded to a small number of artists’ channels by an unauthorized source.”

This isn’t the first time Vevo has been targeted by hackers. On April 10, 2018, a security flaw in this service was exploited to change the titles of several very popular songs on YouTube. The song Despacitoby artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which at the time was the most viewed video on the platform, had even been temporarily removed.

Two young French people, using the pseudonyms “Prosox” and “Kuroi’sh”, were arrested a few months later and then tried in February 2019 for these facts. One of them was sentenced to community service.

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