The British military’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts were hacked on July 3 for nearly four hours, with scammers promoting the collection of ripping unchangeable tokens (NFT) and cryptocurrency fraud.
Just after 2pm ET on July 3 was the Department of Defense’s news agency (MOD). tísti it was aware that the military’s social media accounts were in danger and had launched an investigation.
Nearly four hours later, near 5:45 p.m., the office provided update that the account violations have been resolved. The British military’s Twitter account also apologized for the posts, saying it would conduct an investigation and “learn from this incident”.
The breach of the military’s Twitter and YouTube accounts, which took place earlier today, has been resolved and an investigation is underway.
The military takes information security very seriously and until their investigation is complete it would be inappropriate to comment further.
– Ministry of Defense News Agency (@DefenceHQPress) July 3, 2022
Screenshots of the British Army’s official Twitter account posted by users show the hackers revealing at least two fraudulent derivatives from “The Possessed” and “BAPESCLAN” NFT collections.
– OSINTtechnical (@Osinttechnical) July 3, 2022
One screenshot shows the hackers tweeting about a counterfeit coin from The Possessed NFT collection, probably a phishing scam that would drain users’ money if their wallet was connected. Tom Watson, one of the museum’s creators, warned that the information was forged and asked his followers to report the bill.
The @British Army has been compromised and is now being used to repeal NFT.
Previous profile of the Twitter profile: https://t.co/dQmlxlY5l8 image.twitter.com/gifpsOy000
– vx-underground (@vxunderground) July 3, 2022
On YouTube, the hackers changed the account to resemble the investment company Ark Invest, founded by Cathie Wood, and posted live videos of alleged interviews with Elon Musk and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, which were watched by thousands of people.
The British Army’s YouTube site, which is still under the control of some cryptocurrency scammers, runs 4 streams in a row with about 19,000 people watching while we talk. it would be interesting if any of those who fall victim to the scam could have grounds to sue the military image.twitter.com/oVWrDsXKZ1
– Señor Rules (@wariotifo) July 3, 2022
On the dominant YouTube channel, post the videos forward QR codes to which viewers can send cryptocurrencies, claim that they would get double back, and introduce other cheats with giveaway currencies with QR codes.
It is not known who was behind the attack, how they caught it and how many people may have been victims of phishing and scam. All links, tweets and related material from the account violations have since been deleted by the British military.
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As reported by the Cointelegraph, up to $ 1 billion has been lost to cryptocurrency fraudsters by 2021, with nearly 50% of all cryptocurrency-related fraud coming from social media. The US Federal Trade Commission even labeled social media and cryptography as “a flammable combination for fraud.”
At the end of May, the NFT artist Beeple’s Twitter account was compromised and posted links on a web site that brought the attacker over $ 438,000 in cryptography and various NFTs. The links were made to look like “surprise mint” from the new Beeple NFT collection.
Later in June, a similar “stealth mint” phishing link was posted on the Twitter account of the upcoming Duppies NFT collection, in which at least one victim lost 650 Solana (SOL), valued at about $ 18,850 at the time.
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