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YouTube Accounts Of Famous Singers Hacked. Despacito video deleted. (twitter.com/gvarisco)
83 points by dsr12 on April 10, 2018 | hide | past | favorite | 30 comments

Many other VEVO channels are affected as well, I believe a major issue with credentials (password reuse?) across VEVO.

There is a N:N relationship between Google Accounts and YouTube channels. A channel can have more than one manager and a manager can manage more than one channel. It's possible that someone at Vevo has access to many of the channels, and just their one google account password was compromised.

Credential management is still one of the hardest problems in infosec at scale.

Despacito Video no longer available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJQP7kiw5Fk

I just told my 7 year-old son hackers deleted the Despacito video (he was in my office when I saw this story). Without skipping a beat, he said "did they hack and delete Justin Bieber, too? Please, please, let it be so!"

I'd be concerned that my kid has developed the "Internet mindset" where it's cool to hate on things.

Edit: After reading the comments in this thread, I'm a bit disappointed that other HN users seem to have this mindset as well.

Ingroup / outgroup bias is probably as hardwired into humanity as the desire to eat.

Good kid.

Did he create that belief by himself or was it thrusted by you ?

What child (or adult, for that matter) would ever have an honest belief about a person they hadn’t met? Humans are mirror images of their environment, adults are just better at passing it off as original thought.

Why do you think religion is so conveniently regional? It just so happens that people born in a Protestant family believe Luther was right, and people in the Middle East just happen to mostly believe in the teachings of Muhammad? Possible, but the odds are slim.

I know you were being rhetorical, but just say that. “He believes that because of his environment.” Great, what else is new?

(Ps: the vapid ire for Justin Bieder is broadly dispersed. It’s quite likely they picked it up from pop culture. Patting each other on the back for irrationally hating this guy is the saddest fad of the decade, and adults really should know better. But there you go.)

There was a way to phrase this that doesn't make believers feel nearly as unwelcome on HN. Please try to find it next time.

Is that official HN policy? I understand the desire to not make people feel unwelcome, and it is fairly rare that a conversation about technology needs to bring in religion. However, one could argue that challenging beliefs is a part of HN culture as well.

I admit I'm not unbiased in this regard. There's a part of me that respects religion and there's a part of me that feels it's the one of the worst things in the world. There's a part of me that does want to give people a hard time for holding beliefs that I consider to be insane, and there's a part of me that has better things to do with his time and isn't sure he could offer anything practically better than what he would tear down.

Ok, slightly edited. For the record, I’m not talking about belief but about religion. It’s a subtle difference, but very relevant in this case.

Rather than editing it further, let me clarify here: To anyone who follows a religion and feels unwelcome: I’m sorry, please don’t feel unwelcome :) I’m just some guy. Don’t mind me. I don’t speak for HN at all. There are lots of nice and respectful people here. I want you to feel welcome! Sorry for using religion as an example to prove a point about Justin Bieber.

Most kids are influenced by their peers, that is, their other seven year friends.

Oh my god! Can someone call Ja Rule?

On a serious note: Are all VEVO accounts linked to one account because it is very weird that so many artists got hacked in one go.

At least they didn't remove the good stuff in VEVO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

I see that XcQ.

It's fair to assume most "talented" hackers have taste.

And that people generally dislike hackers?

Somebody out there loves me! Thank you!

Maybe they had enough of that awful, overrated, overplayed song as well :)

Probably simple password hack? You would hope that big accounts use 2FA or is that not available for Youtube (I thought it was available across all google sites)?

Seems like it's restored now.

I wonder how they did it. If they made a video how it was done it would be awesome

And put it on YouTube... That would be epic

And get demonetized!

Likely very basic social engineering or just someone reused the same password for the YT account.

There's likely quite a few people who can administer those channels even if you count only VEVO.

This seems more like a bug on VEVO side, since if it was a bug in YouTube, it would surely qualify for a bounty

Damn it..Youtube has already restored the videos. That's unfair. This proves that once you give them the data, it's not your's anymore to control.

Fucking hell. Unfair? It's unfair for YouTube to restore damage done to stolen and defaced accounts? Yeah, ok.

Anyway, you're assuming that YouTube went rouge restored the videos completely without input of the original uploader instead of the rightful account holder taking back control over the account? Why jump to that conclusion?

If your issue is with Youtube not deleting videos from their server, it's entirely in the account holder's interest for deleted videos to go to Purgatory for a period of time. YouTube HAS to plan for the case of hacks and mistakes because their users are humans. A very small minority will complain about "yar, yar, they said 'delete'" but the vast majority would say "I'm so glad YouTube undid the damage."

Not all heroes wear capes ;)

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