British Army: YouTube and Twitter Accounts Hacked to Sell Fake Cryptocurrencies

Deepak Gupta July 4, 2022
Updated 2022/07/04 at 7:26 AM

Increasingly, social networks are an important promotion point that many entities make the most of. Being present is a way of gaining visibility and ensuring that users are following them.

Thus, these are also an important asset and one that hackers seek to steal. That’s what happened last Sunday with the British Army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts, which were hacked to promote fake cryptocurrencies.

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The British Army's Facebook and Twitter accounts were hacked and used to promote cryptocurrency scams, the UK Ministry of Defense confirmed last Sunday. It's unclear when exactly the hackers took over both accounts, but both appear to be back to normal now.

The hackers hijacked 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. This account shared several tweets associated with NFT giveaways, and their pinned tweet directed users to a fake NFT selling website.

British Army YouTube Twitter Cryptocurrencies

The attackers also stole the British Army's YouTube channel, deleting its videos, as well as changing the name and profile picture to resemble legitimate investment firm Ark Invest.

They swapped the British Army videos for a series of old live streams with former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The channel broadcast four live streams at once, with some of them amassing thousands of viewers.

British Army YouTube Twitter Cryptocurrencies

Whoever took over the British Army accounts ran this scheme with some of the tactics used in the recent past. In March, hackers took over the Twitter account belonging to MKLeoone of the biggest players in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and used it to sell fake NFTs made to look like they were associated with The Possessed.

The Defense Ministry revealed on Twitter that they are aware of a breach of the Army's Twitter and YouTube accounts and an investigation is taking place. They also ensured that they take information security extremely seriously and are working to resolve the issue.

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