Most viewed YouTube video “Despacito” removed after hack

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The most viewed video of all time on YouTube get removed.

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.

Number of videos were back up by early Tuesday US time but some still had defaced captions, which boasted of hacking by a duo labeling themselves as Prosox and Kuroi’SH.

Videos by more than a dozen other artists posted by the music hosting service Vevo – including Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake and Taylor Swift – were also affected. The hackers, had replaced some of the videos’ titles with their own messages, including a call to “free Palestine” alongside their own nicknames.

“After seeing unusual upload activity on a handful of Vevo channels, we worked quickly with our partner to disable access while they investigate the issue,” a spokeswoman for YouTube told the BBC.

A Twitter user identified as Kuroi’SH threatened more hacks including on the South Korean boy band BTS.

“This is not fake we are real!” he tweeted, adding, “Everything is hack-able.”

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