The latest news indicate that British Army Twitter was hacked. Following the hacking of its Twitter and YouTube accounts, the British Army said it is investigating the matter. Videos on cryptocurrencies that featured the billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk were also posted to the YouTube channel of the army.
An account called Ark Invest and its logo have taken the place of the British army’s YouTube channel. It seemed to be advertising an alleged cryptocurrency interview with Tesla founder Elon Musk. International investing company Ark Invest. There is no indication that it participated in the violation.
After British Army Twitter was hacked, the description of the account is changed from: “Follow us for news and information on deployments, training exercises, ceremonial duties & regimental events. Recruiting @armyjobs” to “#1 metavesto clan on the ETH chain with multi-billion dollar experience. Powered by @chaintchlabs”.
The NFTs, a category of electronic works for investment, seemed to be discussed in a number of postings on the Twitter feed.
An army spokesperson said: “We are aware of a breach of the army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts and an investigation is under way. We take information security extremely seriously and are resolving the issue. Until the investigation is complete it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
Now that both accounts have been recovered.
“Whilst we have now resolved the issue an investigation is ongoing and it would be inappropriate to comment further,” added an army spokesperson.
It is yet unclear who is to blame for the hacking incidents, which also led to account renaming. At one point, the name of the British Army Twitter profile was changed to BAPESCAN, and its profile image was altered to a cartoon ape-like character wearing clown makeup.
Who hacked the British Army Twitter?
The account has been returned to normal by Sunday night. Even when the British army account returned to its original name and description, tweets about NFTs—non-fungible tokens, or digital artworks—that looked to be the work of hackers were still being retweeted. At 8.30 p.m. on Sunday, these retweets were still active on the army’s official Twitter account.
The Army later sent a tweet saying: “Apologies for the temporary interruption to our feed. We will conduct a full investigation and learn from this incident. Thanks for following us and normal service will now resume.”
Apologies for the temporary interruption to our feed. We will conduct a full investigation and learn from this incident. Thanks for following us and normal service will now resume.
— British Army ?? (@BritishArmy) July 3, 2022
The incident “looks serious,” according to Tobias Ellwood, a Conservative member of the Commons defense select committee.
“I hope the results of the investigation and actions taken will be shared appropriately,” he added in a tweet.
This looks serious.
I hope the results of the investigation and actions taken will be shared appropriately. https://t.co/NTqdZScOtu
— Tobias Ellwood MP (@Tobias_Ellwood) July 3, 2022
Michael Fabricant, a conservative politician, had earlier tweeted:
“How embarrassing. @BritishArmy Twitter account has been hacked. Not by the #Russians I don’t think!”
— Michael Fabricant ????? (@Mike_Fabricant) July 3, 2022
Not for the first time on Twitter, a well-known account has been targeted. Major US accounts were hacked in July 2020 in what appears to have been a Bitcoin fraud. Accounts belonging to Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Kanye West were among those impacted. Now the latest victim is the British Army Twitter, they were hacked by the unknown attackers.
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