The British Army’s Twitter and Facebook accounts were both hacked, and they were used to promote cryptocurrency scams. This was confirmed by the UK Ministry of Defence on Sunday. Although it is not clear when the hackers took control of these accounts, they appear to have been restored to normal.
The Ministry of Defence Press Office stated on Twitter that they were aware of a breach of Twitter and YouTube accounts of the Army. An investigation is currently underway. “The Army takes information security very seriously and is working to resolve the problem.”
Hackers stole the British Army’s twitter page and changed the profile photo, bio, cover photo, and cover image to make it appear that it was associated with The Possessed NFT Collection. It sent out retweets in support of NFT giveaways and its pinned tweet connected users to a fake NFT-mining website.
The British Army’s YouTube channel has been replaced by old livestreams with Elon Musk or Jack Dorsey.
Bad actors also deleted the British Army’s YouTube channel and changed its profile picture and name to Ark Invest. Hackers replaced the British Army videos with old livestreams that featured former CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. These livestreams were originally broadcast as part of Ark Invest’s The B Word conference in June. However, hackers added an overlay encouraging users to take part in a cryptocurrency scam. Four livestreams were broadcast simultaneously by the channel, some of which racked up thousands of viewers.
Molly White, a blogger at Web3 is Going Just Great, points out that the scammers who stole the accounts of the British Army used some of the same tactics as in the past. Hackers took control of MKLeo’s Twitter account in March. MKLeo is a top Super Smash Bros player. Hackers took control of the Twitter account of Ultimate players and used it to sell fake NFTs that made it appear they were connected to The Possessed. Two months later, fraudsters managed to steal $1.3 Million using the Ark Invest livestreams used for this hack.
Twitter spokesperson Rocio Vives told The Verge that Twitter’s account for the British Army “has since been locked, secured”, and that account holders had now regained control and the account was back up and running. Google did not immediately respond to The Verge’s request for comment.