The official YouTube and Twitter accounts of the British military were compromised on Sunday and hackers used them to promote crypto, including a bitcoin and ether giveaway scam involving Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
British military’s social media account used to promote bitcoin, crypto, NFT scams
The British military confirmed on Sunday that its official YouTube and Twitter accounts had been hacked.
Senna’s verified Twitter handle with around 363K followers retweeted several posts promoting the non-fungible token (NFT) scams before being taken down by Twitter. During the breach, the account name, profile picture and banner image were changed to resemble the NFT archive.
Meanwhile, Senna’s Youtube account, which has 177K subscribers, was renamed “Ark Invest” and four live videos promoting the bitcoin and ether giveaway scam were uploaded to the account. The scammers advertised that for every bitcoin or ether sent to them, you would get double the amount back. In the video were Tesla CEO Elon Musk, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Arch Invest CEO Kathy Wood.
Scammers often use public figures and celebrities to promote their cryptocurrency scams, especially bitcoin and ether giveaways.
Besides Musk, Dorsey and Wood, other famous people who have been featured in crypto giveaway scams include Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
In June, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) revealed that more than 46,000 people have reported losses of more than $1 billion in cryptocurrency since the beginning of last year.
A British military spokesman was quoted by Reuters as saying: “We take information security very seriously and are resolving this issue. Until the investigation is complete, it would not be right to say anything about it.” ‘
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