Just days after Luis Fonsi’s video featuring Daddy Yankee broke all records to become the most viewed YouTube video, it appears to have been deleted in an apparent hack. The video had over 5 billion views.
While at the time of writing the story, the video did not even show up in the search, according to The Independent, earlier the still on the video showed several masked figures aiming guns at the camera. That is surely not a scene from the “Despacito” video. When fans attempt to press play, it says the video is unavailable. It is believed that the apparent hackers put up that thumbnail.
Reportedly, this hack has also affected a dozen of other artists, including Shakira, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Drake, among others. The original clips had been posted by Vevo. The hackers, calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi’sh, wrote “Free Palestine” beneath the videos. Majority of these videos weren’t live at the time of writing the story.
According to a BBC reports, a Twitter account, that appears to belong to one of the hackers posted on the platform saying, “It’s just for fun, I just use [the script] ‘youtube-change-title-video’ and I write ‘hacked’. “Don’t judge me I love YouTube,” it added.
The song “Despacito” was released in January 2017 and was one of the biggest hits of last year. It went on to break several records in music streaming, including one for the single with the most weeks at number one in the US, with 16 consecutive weeks. It also became the most-streamed song in the world after reaching 4.6 billion plays.