This Russian Hacker Had an Opportunity to Do Music a Favour–And Didn’t.

A coder from Russia named Kamil Hismatullin was playing around with YouTube when he discovered a hack that apparently made it possible for anyone on the outside to wipe any video clean forever. (He posted it online, but it’s now gone.)

Instead of YouTube/Google freaking out on him, they gave Hismatullin a big reward for uncovering this hitherto unknown vulnerability.

Thanks, Kamil, for making YouTube a safer place. But you also missed an opportunity to serve mankind. I quote from the BBC:

“I spent six to seven hours [on] research, considering that [for a] couple of hours I’ve fought the urge to clean up Bieber’s channel, haha,” wrote Mr Hismatullin.

“Although it was an early Saturday’s (sic) morning in San Francisco when I reported [the] issue, Google’s security team replied very fast, since this vulnerability could create utter havoc in a matter of minutes in the bad hands.

“This vulnerability [might have been used] to extort people or simply disrupt YouTube by deleting massive amounts of videos in a very short period of time.

“It was fixed in several hours, Google rewarded me $5,000 and luckily no Bieber videos were harmed.”

Truly a lost opportunity. For example, we all would have been spared this Bieber performance from the new show, Lip Sync Battle. (Via Tom)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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