The British Army’s official Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts were under attack for almost four hours on Sunday by hackers promoting junk NFTs and cryptocurrencies.
On Sunday tweeted The British Office of Defense (MOD) press office said it had taken note of the compromise with the army’s accounts on social media and was in the process of investigating the matter.
About four hours later divided Ministry of Defense that the accounts were again under control. The British Army’s official Twitter account apologized for the post, saying it would investigate and “learn from this incident”.
The breach of the Army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts, which took place earlier today, has been resolved and an investigation is underway.
The Army takes information security extremely seriously, and until their investigation is completed, it would be inappropriate to comment further.
– Ministry of Defence’s press office (@DefenceHQPress) July 3, 2022
Screenshots of the official British Army Twitter account posted by users show that the hackers promoted at least two fraudulent versions of The Possessed and BAPESCLAN NFT collections.
– OSINTtechnical (@Osinttechnical) July 3, 2022
A screenshot shows that the hackers have attached a tweet about a fraudulent collection of The Possessed NFT. This is probably a phishing link used to steal users’ login data in order to steal them. Tom Watson, one of the creators of the collection, warnedthat the information was false and encouraged his followers to report the account.
that @British Army has been compromised and is currently being used to shill NFTs.
Previous archive of the Twitter profile: https://t.co/dQmlxlY5l8 pic.twitter.com/gifpsOy000
– vx-underground (@vxunderground) July 3, 2022
On YouTube, hackers renamed the account to Ark Invest, an investment firm founded by Cathie Wood, and posted livestream videos of alleged interviews with Elon Musk and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, which were watched by thousands of people.
the British Army’s YouTube page, which is still under the control of some crypto scammers, runs 4 consecutive livestreams with about 19,000 people watching while we talk. would be interesting if any of those who fall for the scam could have grounds to sue the army pic.twitter.com/oVWrDsXKZ1
– Señor rules (@wariotifo) July 3, 2022
On the hijacked YouTube channel, QR codes were embedded in the broadcast videos see you, to which viewers should send cryptocurrencies. As is usual with such scams, they said they would get the double amount back. They also used QR codes to promote other cryptocurrency scams.
It is not yet known who is behind the attack, how it was carried out and how many people may have been victims of these scams. All links, tweets and related material have since been deleted by the British Army.
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As the Cointelegraph reported, as much as $ 1 billion was stolen in crypto-scams in 2021. Nearly 50 percent of all crypto-scams originate from social media platforms. The U.S. Trade Commission even called social media and cryptocurrencies a “flammable combination of fraud.”
In late May, NFT artist Beeple’s Twitter account was compromised, and links to a phishing site were posted. The attacker was able to capture over $ 438,000 in cryptocurrencies and various NFTs. The links announced a “surprise coin” of a new Beeple NFT collection and looked legitimate, which of course they were not.
In June, a similar phishing link with a “surprise embossing” was posted on the hacked Twitter account for the upcoming Duppies NFT collection. At least one victim lost 650 Solana (SOL) in the process, which was worth approximately $ 18,850 at the time.
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