The British Army’s Youtube and Twitter accounts were hacked and utilized to stimulate crypto scams, the UK Ministry of Defence ratified on Sunday. It’s unclear when hackers actually took over the two accounts, though they both appear to be back to normal now.
The Ministry of Defence Press Office said on Twitter that they are aware of a breach of the Army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts and an investigation is underway, and further added that the Army takes information security extremely seriously and is fixing the issue.
Hackers seized the British Army’s Twitter page, changing out the organization’s profile picture, bio, and cover photo to make it seem like it was associated with The Possessed NFT collection. The account sent out different retweets for NFT giveaways, and its pinned tweet connected users to a bogus NFT minting website.
Bad actors also deprived the British Army’s YouTube channel, deleting all its videos, as well as altering its name and profile picture to compare the legit investment firm Ark Invest. Hackers substituted the British Army’s videos with a series of old live streams featuring former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. These live streams were formerly aired as part of The B Word conference held by Ark Invest last June, but hackers added an overlay that uplifted users to participate in a crypto scam. The channel aired four live streams at once, with a few of them racking up thousands of viewers.
As Web3 Is Going Just Great blogger Molly White points out, the scammers who took over the British Army’s accounts brought out their scheme with some of the same tactics utilized in the recent past. In March, hackers took over the Twitter account belonging to MKLeo, one of the world’s top Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players, and utilized it to vend fake NFTs made to look like they were associated with The Possessed. Precisely two months after that incident, scammers were able to steal $1.3 million utilizing the same Ark Invest live streams that were repurposed for this hack.
Twitter spokesperson Rocio Vives informed that the British Army’s account Twitter has since been locked and secured, and that account holders have now retrieved access and the account is back up and running.
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