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YouTube Has Been Hacked, Most Viewed Video Vanishes

If you’re feeling like “Despacito” today, well, we got bad news.

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This morning, YouTube was the newest victim of hackers delight.

Luis Fonsi’s record breaking video for Despacito was deleted in this apparent hack, almost a week after it was announced that the video ft. Daddy Yankee had reached the remarkable milestone of becoming the first YouTube video in history to reach 5 billion views.

This morning the video was still there, but with masked individuals pointing guns towards the screen as seen in this image captured. However, when you pressed play, the video was unavailable.

This wasn’t the only one to fall victim to this attack, with many VEVO artists such as Taylor Swift, Drake, and Selena Gomez also having their videos get hacked with messages stating “Free Palestine” underneath the description.

This Twitter account, belonging to the hacker wrote:

With many questioning if it was the individuals accounts getting targeted, or VEVO’s video platform, Google has yet to comment.

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Erin Whitten is currently CMN's Senior Correspondent and is currently a student at Arizona State University majoring in Mass Communications and Media Studies.

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