The UK Ministry of Defence revealed on Sunday that the British Army’s Facebook and Twitter accounts had both been compromised and had been used to spread cryptocurrency frauds. The exact date that hackers acquired control of the two accounts is unknown, but they both currently seem to be functioning normally.
The Ministry of Defence Press Office tweeted, “We are aware of a breach of the Army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts and an inquiry is underway.” The Army is addressing the problem and takes information security very seriously.
Hackers took control of the British Army’s Twitter account and replaced the company’s cover photo, bio, and profile picture with images from The Possessed NFT collection. The account distributed a number of retweets for NFT giveaways, and its featured tweet directed readers to a bogus website for minting NFT.
The British Army’s YouTube channel was similarly hijacked by criminals, who deleted all of its videos and changed the channel’s name and profile image to mimic the real investment business Ark Invest. A series of previous livestreams featuring former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Tesla CEO Elon Musk were substituted for the British Army’s videos by hackers. Previously, these livestreams were broadcast as part of Ark Invest’s The B Word conference in June, but hackers inserted an overlay that urged viewers to take part in a cryptocurrency hoax. The channel simultaneously broadcast four livestreams, some of which attracted thousands of people.
The scammers who took control of the British Army’s accounts carried out their operation using some of the same strategies utilized recently, as noted by Molly White, a blogger for Web3 Is Going Just Great. One of the best Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players in the world, MKLeo, had his Twitter account hacked in March. The hackers used it to sell fake NFTs that appeared to be affiliated with The Possessed. Two months after that event, con artists used the identical Ark Invest livestreams that were repurposed for this breach to take $1.3 million.
The British Army’s Twitter account “has since been locked and protected,” according to Rocio Vives, a representative for Twitter, who also informed The Verge that “account holders have now regained access and the account is back up and operating.” Google didn’t reply right away when The Verge asked for a comment.