British Army social media accounts hacked to promote cryptocurrency scams

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The British Army has faced a breach of its YouTube and Twitter accounts, as confirmed by the army on Sunday. An investigation is currently underway.

The military force’s Twitter account was would have been hacked, replaced by the group name NFT Bapesclan with their signature cartoon monkey as their profile picture. The description was changed to “#1 metavesto clan on the ETH chain with multi-billion dollar experience. Powered by @chaintchlabs.”

The hackers also made the account appear to be associated with The Possessed NFT collection, developed by PSSSSD Labs. Several links to NFT giveaways were retweeted.


Credit: Screenshot: Wayback Machine / Twitter

The account has since been restored, with all those retweets removed. The Army account tweeted an apology, saying they “will learn from this incident.”

Meanwhile, the army’s YouTube account was changed to the account name Ark Invest, which is known to be a global investment company. However, there is no indication that said company is the source of the violation.

On the YouTube account, The edge pays, video interviews of Elon Musk talking about crypto were promoted, along with clips of former live streams by former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. These conversations took place last June, during a conference organized by Ark Invest. Thousands of viewers reportedly watched the live streams broadcast by the pirates. The videos included an overlay which, according to the blogger Molly Whitedirected users to Bitcoin and Ethereum scams.

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PSSSSD Labs, Bapesclan and Ark Invest have not publicly commented on the scam.

The YouTube channel has been restored, but at the time of writing, it appears the account has been “terminated for violating YouTube Community Guidelines.”

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The account posted a video yesterday, inform the public about air and land defence, the military and the sport of armies. Commenters followed the post though, with some writing “Great crypto advice” and “Where are my NFT drops.”

The Department of Defense press office also tweeted about the breach, confirming an ongoing investigation.

“The military takes information security very seriously and until its investigation is complete it would be inappropriate to comment further,” the account’s tweet read.

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