Justin Bieber was among the artists whose videos were hacked by iLCreation.

Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Rhianna, and other popular artists were among those who fell victim to hacker iLCreation on Monday.

According to reports, the hacker found a way to dispute the copyright claims. As part of YouTube’s policies, when this dispute occurs, they will remove the video or videos in question immediately while they investigate the claim.

Biebs, whose ‘Baby’ video has amassed over 600 million views, was hit hardest by this attack when his entire library of music videos was removed. Attempts to view any of Bieber’s videos resulted in an error screen informing the user that “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by iLCreation.”

As of 1:15 p.m. EST, his videos were in the process of being restored, along with their original view counts.

It was also reported that Lady Gaga had several missing videos, including the one for “Bad Romance.” Rhianna, the Jonas Brothers, and Beyonce, among others, were also listed as having been possible targets.

A Google search for iLCreation brought up two points of interest. The first is a YouTube account that has been suspended in the wake of the hackings.
The second is a catering company in Maryland with a very similar name: iLCreations, Inc. Though it may be a stretch, it could be possible that the hacker also aimed to generate negative press. Then again, it could be purely coincidental. iLCreations, Inc.’s Web site lists no social media presence, so it is unclear as to whether the account initially belonged to them.

Rumors (most of which have yet to be confirmed) have been flying around Twitter regarding the hacker’s identity. The most prevalent story seems to be that iLCreation is a 13 year old boy in the Middle East who has already finished college.

A look at the Twitter account makes one wonder how much longer that will be around, too. Some of the Tweets are bordering on at least mildly threatening and antagonistic. In several cases, they make direct contact with the celebrities whose work the hacker aims to remove, however temporarily.

He (or she) took a direct hit at fans, saying: “You [expletive]ing so called beliebers need to shut the [expletive] up. All the fan bases need to shut the [expletive] up. The videos aren’t deleted! idiots.”
From another account, the hacker Tweeted:
And now it will be interesting to see YouTube’s response to what seemed like such an effortless hack. Will this bring about a re-examination of the ToS and a possible change to the “Remove now, investigate later” policy?

Image Source: Wikipedia, Screen shots taken from Twitter.

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