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On Saturday, April 1st, YouTube was hacked by an elite hacking group, OurMine. They took over the security of Omnia Media, leading to the hack of approximately 300 Youtube channels (prioritizing popular and viewed channels), including those of Leafy, iDubbbzTV, MatimiO, Anomaly, McSkillet, Kwebbelkop, h3h3, and many other channels. They renamed the titles of all previous videos by those channels to

“OurMine are Back!… ( Read the description )”. The description would read, “Hey, it’s OurMine don’t worry we are just testing your security, please contact us for more information contactourmineteam@gmail.com” and a link to their website, ourmine.org. Ourmine was created in 2014, and had hacked many social media accounts in 2016, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s and Google SEO Sundar Pichai’s twitter accounts. They hacked Buzzfeed and changed many of their articles to read, “hacked by Ourmine.” YouTube has a backup and fixed the issue, but it caused damages. It was a danger since it screwed up YouTube’s search algorithms. Searching in YouTube or Google would not pull up the same results. However, the problem was fixed. Still, this was a big thing, and it clearly was not just an April Fools’ Day joke. 

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