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Vevo Hack Sees 3TB of Internal Files Posted Online

Vevo will be a name well-known to anyone who enjoys watching the latest music videos on YouTube. It's a joint venture created by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group to act as a video hosting service.

On Friday, it was revealed that Vevo had suffered a massive hack courtesy of the hacking group known as OurMine. You may remember they hacked the Netflix US Twitter account last December. In total, some 3.12TB of data was stolen from Vevo's internal systems. That data was later shared online for all to see.

Vevo relies on Okta as a way for employees to securely sign in to its systems. What OurMine managed to do was successfully carry out a phishing scam via Linkedin, which netted them a legitimate Okta login and access to Vevo's internal files.

According to Gizmodo, OurMine isn't one to leak files after a hack without good reason. The group's main goal is to demonstrate how weak security if for different organizations and then inform the organization. However, in this case when they contacted Vevo regarding the files they had, they were told to "f*** off." And so the files were leaked instead, but with OurMine noting they will take the files down if Vevo asks.


With so much data leaked it's going to take a while for interested parties to look through it all in detail. But for the most part, the files only seem to relate to marketing, music chart information, and artist details. There's a few documents that need acting on, for example, one detailing how to set and unset the alarm at Vevo's UK office.

Vevo confirmed to Gizmodo that the breach happened and an investigation is under way. Hopefully that results in better security around its systems and a better response to OurMine asking them to take the files offline.

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