The British Army restored their Youtube and Twitter accounts on Sunday after a hack. The attackers used their accounts to post Non-fungible Token (NFT) and cryptocurrency projects.
British Army, YouTube, and Twitter Hack And Fake NFTs
Hackers targeted the YouTube and Twitter accounts of the British Army during the weekend. And used these platforms to facilitate different NFT artworks.
To launch their attack, the hackers modified the accounts of the British Army to resemble an NFT collection called “Bapesclan”. They also added a profile picture that looked like the face of a cartoon ape. Then later, they changed the name of the account to another NFT collection called “The Possessed” NFT collection.
The videos the hackers uploaded pertained to NFTs and cryptocurrency and they showed the Tesla CEO– Elon Musk – and Twitter CEO– Jack Dorsey.
British Army YouTube and Twitter Accounts Restored
There was a twist in the plot when the accused NFT collection “The Possessed NFT” claimed that it was impersonated.
Although there was no trace of the hackers, by Sunday, the issue was rectified. And in an interview, the Spokesman of the British Army commented on the issue saying:
“We can confirm that yesterday there was a breach of the Army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts and an investigation is underway”.
He also said, “We take information security extremely seriously, and whilst we have now resolved the issue, an investigation is ongoing and it would be inappropriate to comment further”.
A conservative lawmaker, Tobias Ellwod, said that the incident was serious. And he also hopes that the authorities share results of the investigation and actions appropriately.
The British Army has up to 362, 000 followers on Twitter and 177, 000 subscribers on Youtube.
This may have led the hackers to attack the platforms because they have quite a large number of followers.
The hacking of accounts is now becoming a common phenomenon in the blockchain space. Such acts can be prevented by carrying out the two-step verification procedures and also looking out for any suspicious activity in the space.