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Prensa Latina denounces cyber-attack against its YouTube channel

Havana, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) The Latin American news agency Prensa Latina today denounced the loss of its YouTube channel, Prensa Latina TV, as a result of a cyber-attack.

According to a press release issued by the international news agency based in Havana since its foundation almost 65 years ago, the event occurred on Saturday when the channel’s email account was hacked and its access and recovery credentials were modified.

Prensa Latina thus lost its YouTube channel, in whose place now appears a U.S. company called MicroStrategy, with data on the channel’s opening date, views and accumulated subscribers similar to those of Prensa Latina TV.

Since its creation in 2012, the defunct channel accumulated 64,500 subscribers, with a dynamic growth in 2023, when it started with 21,000 and closed with 53,379, with a total of 9,669,000 views, compared to 812,738 in 2022.

According to statistics provided by YouTube, Prensa Latina TV registered in January of this year 1,491 new subscribers, 601,800 total views, with 797,500 minutes of viewing.

By pointing out that these and other advances reflect the consolidation of Prensa Latina as the voice of the Global South, the agency ratifies its commitment to the service of truth, consistent with the founding principles and objectives of June 16, 1959.

At the same time, the statement stresses, the agency hopes that the U.S. computer company Google will investigate what happened and adopt the necessary measures for the recovery of the channel attacked in violation of the most elementary rules of operation of the Internet.