A notorious hacker group broke into the servers of music-streaming service Vevo, releasing more than 3 terabytes of internal documents and video content online — before removing them later Friday morning at Vevo’s request.
The purloined cache, posted by hacking and security collective OurMine, included videos, a batch of documents labeled “premieres,” as well as marketing info, international social-media documents, and other internal files, as first reported by tech site Gizmodo.
Vevo confirmed the hack, which it said was the result of a phishing scam via LinkedIn. “We have addressed the issue and are investigating the extent of exposure,” a Vevo rep said in an emailed statement.
The 3.12-terabyte trove of stolen documents included Vevo’s internal dossiers on about 9o artists, including Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Calvin Harris, Florida Georgia Line, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Madonna, One Direction, Sia, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and U2.
OurMine, in a post on its site, claimed it leaked the Vevo files late Thursday after an exchange with a Vevo employee who — upon being informed of the hack — allegedly told the hackers, “F— off, you don’t have anything.”
In an update Friday morning, OurMine said that “We deleted the files because of a request from VEVO.”
OurMine over the past few years has targeted numerous companies and high-profile individuals, ostensibly as a guerrilla-style marketing effort for its security services.
Last month, OurMine hijacked the social-media accounts of HBO, which separately this summer was threatened with extortion demands from a hacker that stole 1.5 TB of the programmer’s files. Other victims have included Netflix, Marvel, Google, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter chief Jack Dorsey.
New York-based Vevo is majority owned by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, with minority stakes held by Abu Dhabi Media and Alphabet (Google’s parent).