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Vevo server hacked and three terabytes of files shared

By | Published on Monday 18 September 2017

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You’ve not really made it as a company in the modern world until hackers have nicked all your emails and private documents and shared them with the world. So well done, Vevo. You’ve finally made it! Plus the music video site also got to learn a nice little lesson out of its big hack. Remember kids, when hackers tell you they just hacked your server, don’t tell them to “fuck off”. Even if you really, really want to.

Vevo, which counts Sony Music and Universal Music as key shareholders of course, was hacked by a hacking team that goes by the name of OurMine, which then plonked a big fat stack of the music company’s documents online for all to see. Most were pretty mundane documents, though an email with the burglar alarm code for the firm’s new London HQ was among the more sensitive bits of information to be shared.

Interestingly, the OurMine group doesn’t usually publish large quantities of hacked material, instead preferring to make companies aware of security issues on their systems. But they told Gizmodo that they published over three terabytes of Vevo internal files because when they reached out to someone who works at the company, to tell them they’d been hacked, the Vevo rep responded with a nice neat “fuck off”.

Team OurMine added, when speaking to the tech site, that they’d gladly take the leaked files offline again if someone at Vevo asked them to do so nicely. Given the leaked files were subsequently taken offline, presumably Vevo got in touch.

A Vevo spokesperson has now told Gizmodo: “[We] can confirm that Vevo experienced a data breach as a result of a phishing scam via Linkedin. We have addressed the issue and are investigating the extent of exposure”.



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