The British military’s Twitter and YouTube accounts were hacked together on Sunday and used to promote two separate crypto scams.
However, by Sunday evening, the compromised accounts were back to normal, media reports said.
Unknown hackers changed the account details to match the crypto scams that were being promoted by them.
The UK Government’s Ministry of Defense has acknowledged the breach of the British Army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts Tweet,
“We are aware of the breach of the Army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts and an investigation is underway. The military takes information security very seriously and is resolving this issue. Until their investigation is completed, it will not be appropriate to comment further.”
After about two hours, the hacked Twitter accounts were partially restored. The report claimed that several retweets made during the account’s tampering state remained on the restored page.
The British Army tweeted from the restored account and apologized to its followers for the inconvenience.
“Sorry for the temporary interruption in our feed. We will do a full investigation and learn from this incident. Thank you for following us and normal service will now resume,” said nearly two days after the UK Defense Ministry acknowledged the breach. It tweeted hours later.
nft, btc scam
The hacked Twitter account with 362,000 followers has announced a new NFT collection called The Possessed. according to a copy of Archived Hacked AccountIn this article, the attackers outlined two different sets of NFTs – Anomaly and Moonbirds. The announcement was linked to a fake mining website that appeared to be genuine and up-to-date, even as the number of NFTs available was showing dwindling.
“At one point, the Twitter account was renamed Bapesclean, with a profile picture featuring an ape-like cartoon figure, with makeup mimicking a clown,” the BBC reported.
The hackers replaced the account details of the YouTube channel with those of ARK Investments. Through that compromised channel, the attackers showed interviews with Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey, containing a scam BTC and ETH scam message across the borders.
Hacking and theft boom
While incidents of hacking and theft have increased significantly in the cryptocurrency space in recent months, social media accounts of high-profile people and organizations are also being reported frequently compromised.
For example, in December 2021, the Twitter account of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was briefly compromised and displayed messages of bitcoin scam.
Digital artist Mike Winkelmann or Beeple is another high-profile figure whose Twitter account was recently hacked. Hackers were able to extort $71,000 from users through crypto scam links.
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