The British Army’s YouTube channel and Twitter account were hacked and used to promote cryptocurrency scams. This was confirmed by the UK Ministry of Defense on Sunday. Although it is unclear when the hackers took control of these accounts, they appear to have been restored to normal.
The Ministry of Defense Press Office stated on Twitter that they were aware of the breach of YouTube and Twitter accounts of the Army and are investigating. “The Army takes information security very seriously and is working to resolve the problem.”
Hackers stole the British Army’s Twitter page. They changed the profile photo, bio, cover photo, and cover image to make it appear associated with The Possessed NFT Collection. In addition, it sent out a variety of retweets in support of NFT giveaways, and its pinned tweet connected users to a fake NFT-mining website.
Bad actors also bashed the British Army’s YouTube channel and changed its profile picture and name to Ark Invest. In addition, hackers replaced the British Army videos with old livestreams that featured former CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
These livestreams were originally broadcast as part of Ark Invest’s The B Word conference in June. However, hackers added an overlay encouraging users to participate in a cryptocurrency scam. As a result, the channel broadcasts four livestreams simultaneously, some of which racked up thousands of viewers.
Molly White, a blogger at Web3 is Going Just Great, points out that the scammers who stole the accounts of the British Army used some of the same tactics as in the past.
For example, hackers took control of MKLeo’s Twitter account in March. McLeod is a top Super Smash Bros player. Additionally, hackers took control of the Twitter account of Ultimate players. They used it to sell fake NFTs that made it appear they were connected to The Possessed. Two months later, fraudsters managed to steal $1.3 Million using the Ark Invest livestreams used for this hack.
Twitter spokesperson Rocio Vives notified officially that Twitter’s account for the British Army “has since been locked, secured,” and those account holders had now regained access to the report. YouTube or Google has not yet responded to the query.
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