‘Despacito’ has been ‘deleted’ from YouTube by hackers after reaching 5 billion views

Selena Gomez, Shakira, Taylor Swift and Drake also targeted

Luis Fonsi’s record breaking music video for ‘Despacito’ has been deleted from YouTube by a group of hackers.

Only days after making history by becoming the first video to reach 5 billion views, the video has disappeared from the site.

When a search for the video is undertaken, users are instead greeted by a video still that shows masked figures aiming their guns at the camera – indicating that Vevo may have been compromised by hackers.


The hackers, going by the names Prosox and Kuroi’sh, also wrote ‘Free Palestine’ underneath the videos.

Although some clips remain live, the hack has directly attacked videos posted by Vevo, affecting artists including Selena Gomez, Shakira, Taylor Swift and Drake.

‘Despacito’ was released in January 2017 and went on to garner huge success, with the Spanish-language hit breaking several records including the single with the most weeks at No.1 in the US,  after sitting pretty on the top spot for 16 consecutive weeks.

It also went on to become the most-streamed song in the world after garnering a staggering 4.6 billion plays.

As well as the success of the Spanish-language version, a remix featuring Justin Bieber’s vocals also went on to achieve huge success.


In a statement to NME.com, a Vevo spokesperson said: “Vevo can confirm that a number of videos in its catalogue were subject to a security breach today, which has now been contained. We are working to reinstate all videos affected and our catalogue to be restored to full working order. We are continuing to investigate the source of the breach.”

A spokesperson for YouTube said: “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.”


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