British Army Loses Control Of Twitter And YouTube Accounts To Scammers.
The Twitter and YouTube accounts of the British Army were hacked briefly on Sunday, as confirmed by statements from the Army and the Ministry of Defence Press Office.
The hackers reportedly used both platforms to promote fraudulent cryptocurrency and NFT projects. Additionally, the hackers renamed the YouTube account after American investment managers Ark Invest. The fraudsters reportedly posted videos of discussions held by the company in 2021 around Bitcoin on the channel.
The Army has since regained control of both platforms. “Apologies for the temporary interruption to our feed. We will conduct a full investigation and learn from this incident,” read a tweet from the Army’s Twitter handle.
Apologies for the temporary interruption to our feed. We will conduct a full investigation and learn from this incident. Thanks for following us and normal service will now resume.
— British Army 🇬🇧 (@BritishArmy) July 3, 2022
“The breach of the Army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts that occurred earlier today has been resolved and an investigation is underway,” added the Ministry of Defence Press office.” The Army takes information security extremely seriously and until their investigation is complete it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
Meanwhile, no reports indicate if followers lost digital assets to the scammers at the time of writing. The Army has 363,000 followers on Twitter and 177,000 subscribers on YouTube.
It is worth noting that these types of hacks are quite popular among crypto scammers as they leverage recognized authorities and influential brands.
In January of this year, a user lost 26 BTC to the creators of a fake Michael Saylor YouTube Channel in what is seen as the largest single crypto payment to fraudsters. In the exploit, the scammers offered to double the digital assets sent to their wallet; a ploy formerly used when the Twitter profiles of popular figures Bill Gates and Elon Musk were hijacked.
Additionally, in December last year, the Twitter account of the Indian Prime Minister was hacked for the second time, as reported by The Crypto Basic. The hackers caused a frenzy as they declared Bitcoin legal tender in India, offering a 500 BTC giveaway.