The British Army’s YouTube and Twitter accounts were hacked by some unknown hackers and flooded with posts and videos about nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and cryptocurrency.
According to news reports, the British Army has started an investigation into a breach of its Twitter and YouTube accounts.
Hackers had retweeted some posts promoting NFTs on the official Twitter account of the Royal Army. Those retweets were deleted after the account was recovered.
Hackers also uploaded videos about cryptocurrency featuring American billionaire and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of electric carmaker Tesla on the British Army’s YouTube channel.
A spokesperson to Her Majesty’s Royal Forces told the media that all NFTs and crypto content had been removed from both Twitter account and YouTube channel.
“The British Army takes information security extremely seriously and [is] resolving the issue,” he said refusing to share any further detail in this matter until the military wraps up a probe into the breach.
It’s still unclear who is behind this hacking.
NFTs and cryptocurrency have exploded in popularity over the past few years, but experts have warned that an influx of scams is targeting those who aren’t familiar with the new industries.
A report by Atlas VPN found that more than $1.3 billion worth of crypto was stolen just in the first four months of 2022. The digital artist Beeple, whose record-breaking $69.3 million NFT helped kick off the craze last year, was the target of a Twitter hacking last month that led to his followers losing $438,000 worth of cryptocurrency and NFTs in a scam.
In 2020, Twitter accounts belonging to Musk, Bill Gates, Joe Biden, Kim Kardashian and other well-known figures were breached to promote an apparent bitcoin scam.