British Army Twitter and YouTube Feeds Hacked to Promote Crypto Scams

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The British military said Sunday afternoon it had launched an investigation into a breach of its Twitter and YouTube accounts by cybercriminals who used the social media platforms to promote cryptocurrency scams.

The military’s Twitter feed, which currently has 362,000 followers, and its YouTube channel with 177,000 subscribers, were both compromised at the same time to promote two different crypto scams.

“We are aware of a breach of the military’s Twitter and YouTube accounts and an investigation is underway. The military takes information security very seriously and is solving the problem,” the Ministry of Defense said on Twitter.

The hackers had renamed the British military’s YouTube channel “Ark Invest,” an asset manager founded by an American investor, Cathie Wood. The video streaming channel appeared to be promoting an old chat between Tesla founder Elon Musk and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey talking about crypto. However, the videos apparently contain “double your money” Bitcoin and Ether scams.

On the other hand, the official British Army Twitter account, which was renamed “BAPESCAN,” retweeted a number of posts on its timeline that appeared to be related to NFTs. The profile picture of his Twitter page has been changed to look like a cartoon monkey in face paint,

The description had changed from: “Follow us for news and information on deployment, training exercises, ceremonial duties and regimental events. Recruitment @armyjobs” to “#1 metavesto clan in the ETH chain with multi-billion dollar experience. Powered by @chainchlabs”.

Furthermore, the Twitter page also contained suspiciously fake links urging followers to click on them to supposedly win NFTs.

An NFT, or non-fungible token, is a separate cryptographic token that cannot be copied or reproduced without the owner’s knowledge and consent. It acts as a digital certificate of authenticity for virtual items. NFTs can be considered modern collectibles.

The British Army was finally able to regain control of its official Twitter account and YouTube channel and was back to normal after a brief hack on Sunday night.

“Apologies for the temporary interruption of our feed. We will conduct a full investigation and learn from this incident. Thank you for following us and normal service is now resuming,” the British Army said, apologizing for the outage.

“The breach of the military’s Twitter and YouTube accounts that occurred earlier today has been resolved and an investigation is underway. The military takes information security extremely seriously and until their investigation is complete it would be inappropriate to comment further,” the Ministry of Defense later tweeted.

It remains unclear who is behind the latest crypto scam involving the British military.

However, Twitter users quickly noticed the scam and expressed their shock at the security breach.

While one Twitter user scoffed at, “British military’s breakthrough cybersecurity…”, another quipped, “Does this mean that the defense of the empire is currently in the hands of a fictional monkey with glasses on or something?”

A third user tweeted: “British Army Twitter and YouTube accounts touting NFTs and crypto today. I bet they haven’t changed their “waterloo” password since 1815.”

One social media user wrote: “I have to admit that ‘the actual British military having its twitter account hacked this week by NFT scammers’ was not on the bingo card.”

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