Hackers hacked more YouTube channels with large followings this week. After Samsung Brazil, the profiles of prominent artists in the pop world such as Lil Nas X, Michael Jackson, and Taylor Swift were hacked on Tuesday. Vevo, the network behind the video streaming platform’s profiles, investigates the incident.
The YouTube channels of several singers were hacked. Artists such as Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, and Lil Nas X had their accounts hacked.
The official clips of the musicians were deleted, while the hackers added new videos of a Spanish con artist named Paco Sanz and rapper Lil Tjay. The attacker identified himself through the Twitter account @lospelaosbro. Samsung’s YouTube channel was also hacked.
It’s not such a good week for those with big YouTube channels. Samsung’s Brazilian profile was hacked in the early hours of Monday. During the attack, the intruders posted videos to promote cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum and changed the profile name to “MicroStrategy.”
YouTube channels hacked, Vevo to review security
As a result of an apparent compromise, the attacker posted across high-profile channels for several hours using the handle @lospelaosbro.
ATTENTION: Major artists are currently being hacked by @lospelaosbro 🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨— Music Countdowns (@MCountdowns) April 5, 2022
so far it looks like Juice WRLD, Eminem, Ariana Grande, Harry Styles, Justin Bieber, Travis Scott, Trippie Redd, Michael Jackson, The Weeknd, and even more artist’s YouTube channels have been hacked! pic.twitter.com/UtL6yiKxRF
According to Vevo’s artist information page, signing up for a verified artist channel is the only way to upload videos. Consequently, the artists or people responsible for their pages cannot do anything about the issue.