The British military’s Twitter and YouTube accounts were simultaneously hacked on Sunday and used to promote two different crypto scams.
However, by Sunday evening, the compromised accounts were restored to normal, the media reported reports he said.
Unknown hackers changed the account details to appear consistent with the crypto scams they were promoting through them.
The British government’s Ministry of Defense has acknowledged the breach of the British Army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts in the tweet.
“We are aware of the breach of the army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts and the investigation is ongoing. The military takes information security extremely seriously and solves the problem. Until their investigation is completed, it would be inappropriate to comment further,” it said.
The bills have been returned
After about two hours, the hacked Twitter accounts were partially restored. Many of the retweets made during the account’s compromised status were still on the restored page, reports claimed.
The British Army apologized to its followers for the inconvenience via a tweet from the revamped account.
“Sorry for the temporary interruption of our feed. We will conduct a full investigation and learn from this incident. Thanks for following us and normal service will now resume,” he tweeted about two hours after the UK Ministry of Defense acknowledged the breach.
NFT, BTC scams
A hacked Twitter account with 362,000 followers has announced a new NFT collection called The Possessed. According to the copy archived hacked account, the attackers described two different sets of NFTs – Anomaly and Moonbirds. The post linked to a fake minting website, which appeared authentic and up-to-date, even showing that the number of available NFTs was decreasing.
“At one stage, the name of the Twitter account was changed to Bapesclan, followed by a profile picture showing a cartoon monkey-like figure with clown make-up,” The BBC said in his report.
Hackers replaced the YouTube channel’s account details with those of ARK Investment. Through that compromised channel, the attackers showed interviews of Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey, with a message about the BTC and ETH border scam.
A surge in hacking and theft
While hacking and theft incidents have increased significantly in the past few months in the cryptocurrency space, compromising social media accounts of high-profile people and organizations is also being reported quite frequently.
For example, in December 2021, the Twitter account of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was briefly compromised and bitcoin scam messages displayed.
Digital artists Mike Winkelmann or Beeple is another high profile person whose Twitter account was violated recently. Hackers managed to extort $71,000 from users via a crypto scam link.