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Popular Videos on YouTube Disappear in Hacking Attempt

Google-owned video-sharing website YouTube has confirmed that some of the most popular videos on the site momentarily disappeared on Tuesday in an apparent hacking attempt.

YouTube, however, clarified that the problem centered on Vevo — a site backed by music labels that hosts videos — and not YouTube itself.

Meanwhile, Vevo also confirmed a security breach on its end and said it had been contained. Fans looking for videos by top artists including Drake, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift found the footage removed and replaced by messages that included “Free Palestine.”

Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” — the most-watched video of all time at five billion views — was briefly replaced by an image of a gun-toting gang in red hoods that appeared to come from the Spanish series “Money Heist.” Most videos were back up within 24 hours but some still had defaced captions, which boasted of hacking by a duo calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi’SH.

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