British Army YouTube and Twitter accounts hacked to promote crypto scams
The British Army’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have been hacked and used to promote cryptocurrency scams, the British Ministry of Defense confirmed on Sunday. It’s unclear exactly when the hackers took over the two accounts, but they both appear to be back to normal now.
“We are aware of a breach of the military’s Twitter and YouTube accounts and an investigation is ongoing,” the Defense Department’s press office said. said on Twitter. “The military takes information security very seriously and solves the problem.”
Hackers have hacked into the British Army’s Twitter page, swapping the organization’s profile picture, biography and cover photo to make it look like it was associated with The Possessed NFT collection. The account sent out various retweets for NFT giveaways, and its pinned tweet linked users to a fake NFT typing website.
Bad actors also stripped down the British Army’s YouTube channel, deleting all of its videos, as well as changing its name and profile picture to look like legitimate investment firm Ark Invest. Hackers have replaced the British Army videos with a series of old live streams featuring former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. These live streams were previously shown as part of The B Word conference hosted by Ark Invest last June, but the hackers added an overlay that encouraged users to participate in a crypto scam. The channel aired four live streams at once, with some of them attracting thousands of viewers.
As Web3 is doing great blogger Molly White points out, the scammers who took over the accounts from the British Army executed their scheme with some of the same tactics used in the recent past. In March, hackers took control of the Twitter account belonging to MKLeoone of the best in the world Super Smash Bros Ultimate players, and used it to peddle fake NFTs made to look like they were associated with The Possessed. Barely two months after this incident, the scammers managed to Steal $1.3 Million Using Same Ark Invest Live Streams which were reused for this hack.
Twitter spokesperson Rocio Vives said The edge that the UK Army Twitter account “has since been locked and secured” and that “account holders have now regained access and the account is operational again”. Google did not immediately respond to The edgerequest for comment.