This week, hackers were at it again. Fans discovered a slew of their favorite rappers’ YouTube accounts were under assault on Tuesday (April 5), with attackers uploading a series of odd videos to accounts belonging to A-list rappers including Drake, Kanye West, Eminem, Travis Scott, Juice WRLD, and others.
The weird videos have since been deleted, but screenshots are still available, and the upload title “Free Paco Sanz (ft. Will Smith, Chris Rock, Skinny flex & Los Pelaos)” was seen on every account. Paco Sanz will spend the rest of his life in jail after scamming hundreds of people while claiming to be dying.
Although YouTube has yet to officially acknowledge the intrusion, its music video partner VEVO has released a statement about the security issue.
“Some videos were directly uploaded to a small number of Vevo artist channels earlier today by an unauthorized source,” VEVO told the New York Post. “All of those improperly uploaded videos have since been deleted by Vevo. No pre-existing content was accessible to the source. While the artist channels have been secured and the incident has been resolved, as a best practice Vevo will be conducting a review of our security systems.”
Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Harry Styles, The Weeknd, Lil Nas X, and the late Michael Jackson were among the celebrities whose YouTube accounts were hacked.
Someone using the Twitter handle @lospelaosbro attempted to claim credit as the principal hacker, but such allegations have yet to be verified. While fans were understandably confused, their favorite musicians’ YouTube channels appear to have been returned to normal.