British Army’s Social Media Accounts were Hacked to Promote Cryptocurrency Scams
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- July 7, 2022
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The British Army’s YouTube and Twitter accounts were reportedly hacked and used to promote crypto-related scams. It is not clear when exactly the hack occurred on both accounts. However, reports indicate that both accounts have been restored and are now back to normal. “We are aware of the breach of the military’s Twitter and YouTube accounts, and an investigation is ongoing,” the Defense Ministry press office said on Twitter. “The military takes information security very seriously and is working to solve the problem.”
While the hack was taking place, the information on the British Army’s Twitter page was changed to information for The Possessed’s NFT group. The organization’s profile picture, resume, and cover photo have been removed and made to appear as if they were associated with NFT. During the hacking period, the account sent several tweets on NFT gifts. It was observed that the pinned tweet specifically linked users to a fake NFT website.
And those bad actors didn’t stop the British Army YouTube channel from removing all video content and deleting the entire channel as it replaced it with video content from a series of old live streams featuring former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The channel name has been changed and the profile picture has been replaced with an image of Ark Invest. These live streams were previously broadcast as part of The B Word conference held by Ark Invest in June 2021. The hackers also added an overlay that encouraged unsuspecting users to participate in a crypto scam. The channel went on to broadcast four live broadcasts at the same time, and this live broadcast garnered thousands of viewers.
According to blogger Molly White, these scammers carried out their scheme with some of the same methods that were used in the recent past. In March, the Twitter account of one of the best Super Smash Bros in the world, MKLeo, was intercepted and hacked. Hackers used the MKLeo Twitter account to sell fake NFTs. Like the British Army hack on Twitter, these hackers also showed that they are linked to The Possessed NFT group. Just two months after that incident, $1.3 million was stolen using the same direct streams from Ark Invest that were redirected for the purposes of this hack.
Twitter spokeswoman Rossio Vives confirmed the incident, noting that the British military’s Twitter account had “since blocked and secured” and that “the account holders have now regained access and the account is working again.”
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