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Social Media Accounts of British Army Hacked by Crypto Scammers - TheNewsCrypto

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thenewscrypto.com 04 July 2022 05:15, UTC
  
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  • The Office sent an update at 5:45 p.m. EST saying the breaches had been rectified.
  • The YouTube channel broadcasted videos with QR codes for viewers to donate crypto.

Hacking official accounts of prominent organizations or personalities is not a new way of scamming people across the globe. Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts of the British Army were all compromised for almost four hours on Sunday by hackers advertising fake non-fungible token (NFT) collections and cryptocurrency scams. United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) Press Office tweeted just after 2:00 p.m. EST Sunday that the Army’s social media accounts were infiltrated and that they were investigating.

The Office sent an update at 5:45 p.m. EST saying the account breaches had been rectified. The official Twitter account of the British Army also issued an apology for the tweets, stating that it will look into the matter and “learn from this incident.”

According to the Ministry of Defense:

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

Phishing Attack to Drain User’s Crypto Wallets

As one screenshot reveals, it seems that hackers have created a phoney mint of The Possessed NFT collection, which is likely a phishing link that would drain users’ crypto wallets. One of the collection’s designers, Tom Watson, issued a warning and requested his followers to report the account, which he said included false material.

The hackers renamed the account on YouTube to resemble the Cathie Wood-founded investment company Ark Invest, releasing livestream videos of alleged conversations with Elon Musk and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey that were viewed by thousands.

The hijacked YouTube channel broadcast films with QR codes for viewers to donate crypto to, saying they would earn double back, and promoted other cryptocurrency giveaway frauds with QR codes. The British Army has subsequently erased all of the compromised accounts’ links, tweets, and other content.

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