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Crypto Scammers Hacked the British Army’s Social Media Accounts

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cryptoknowmics.com 04 July 2022 03:17, UTC
  
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On July 3, hackers gained access to the official Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts of the British Army and advertised fraudulent non-fungible token (NFT) collecting and cryptocurrency scams for almost four hours. Shortly after 2 PM ET, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Press Office of the United Kingdom tweeted that it was aware that the Army's social media accounts had been compromised and had conducted an inquiry. Around 5:45 PM ET, nearly four hours later, the Office published an update stating that they had fixed the account breaches. The official Twitter account for the British Army expressed regret for the tweets and promised to look into the matter and "learn from this mistake."

Social Media Accounts

Users have provided screenshots of the British Army's official Twitter account, where it can see that the hackers are pushing at least two fake NFT collections variants called "The Possessed" and "BAPESCLAN." https://twitter.com/Osinttechnical/status/1543636908093456390 In one screenshot, the hackers are seen pinning a tweet to a phony mint of The Possessed NFT collection. This tweet contains a phishing link, which, if activated, would drain users' cryptocurrency wallets of their assets. One of the collection's creators, Tom Watson, alerted his followers to the false material and requested that they report it. https://twitter.com/vxunderground/status/1543640949749841921

Unknown Crypto Scammers

The hackers posted live stream videos of fictitious interviews with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and Elon Musk on YouTube under the renamed account that resembled the Cathie Wood-founded investment company Ark Invest. These videos attracted thousands of viewers. It is still unknown how the attack was carried out and how many people may have been duped by the phishing and scam links. The British Army has since removed all links, tweets, and related content from the compromised accounts.


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