The British military is investigating after its Twitter and YouTube accounts were both compromised.
On July 3, as reported by the BBC, army accounts were taken over and used to promote NFT and cryptocurrency schemes. This included YouTube videos posted with the image of entrepreneur Elon Musk.
The British Army YouTube account name has been changed. Screenshots also appeared to show the Army’s Twitter account, name changed, retweet promotions for NFT projects, complete with images of a cartoon monkey.
NFTs are digital assets, including image files, that can represent real-world items. Transactions are recorded on the blockchain.
A to establish from the British Army Twitter account also reveals that the page has been changed to promote NFTs.
It is not known who is behind the burglary.
The British Army confirmed the security incident and apologized “for the temporary interruption of our diet” on Sunday evening.
“The breach of the military’s Twitter and YouTube accounts that occurred earlier today has been resolved and an investigation is underway,” the statement said. Ministry of Defense said:† “The military takes information security extremely seriously and until their investigation is complete, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
The bills have now been recovered.
In july 2020, verified Twitter accounts of prominent individuals and companies including Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Joe Biden, Kanye West and Apple were taken over and used to promote a cryptocurrency scam. While the security incident was quickly brought under control, in that case it wasn’t fast enough to stop hundreds of thousands of dollars fraudulently sent to the perpetrator’s wallet.
While it is not known how the British military hack took place, Jake Moore, global cybersecurity advisor at ESET, said possible causes were the use of profiles between multiple administrators, risky outsourcing and not regularly updating passwords.
“It can be extremely damaging to organizations and brands when their social media accounts are hacked, so it is vital that all social media administrators use multi-factor authentication and that they change the password when someone in the know leaves” Moore said.
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