Huge embarrassment for the British military as it is hit by a cyberattack after its social media account started tweeting about monkey-themed NFTs in fear of security
- The Army Twitter posted a storm of tweets promoting competitions to win NFTs
- Their YouTube page was also hacked and started promoting cryptocurrency
- Hack raises concerns over security of armed forces social media accounts
- An NFT is a unique computer file encrypted with an artist’s signature and stored on the blockchain
The British Army’s Twitter account was hacked today and flooded with content promoting giveaways and competitions allowing followers to win non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
The name of the social media account was changed several times, while new profile pictures included a monkey sporting face paint similar to that of Batman villain The Joker, as well as a cartoon robot.
Posts posted from the account urged followers to enter contests, with winners being randomly selected to receive NFTs – digital works of art stored on the blockchain.
The British Army’s YouTube channel was also compromised and replaced with an account named Ark Invest, which promoted several live videos claiming to show an interview with Tesla founder Elon Musk about cryptocurrency. .
The party behind the cyberattacks is not yet known, but the embarrassing breach raises serious security concerns for the armed forces and suggests other social media accounts could be at risk.
An Army spokesperson said: “We are aware of a breach of the Army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts and an investigation is ongoing.”
“We take information security very seriously and solve the problem. Until the investigation is complete, it would be inappropriate to comment further.
The name of the social media account has been changed several times, with new profile pictures including a monkey sporting face paint similar to Batman villain The Joker (pictured), as well as a cartoon robot
The account was later changed to promote an NFT series called “The Possessed”.
The Army’s Twitter feed currently has 362,000 followers, while the YouTube channel has 177,000 subscribers.
Ark Invest is the name of a global investment firm, although it is unclear whether it was complicit in the cyberattack.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment submitted by email and on the company’s website.
An NFT is a unique computer file encrypted with an artist’s signature, which acts as a digital certificate of ownership and authenticity.
Unlike similar technologies such as bitcoin, each NFT is somehow unique. This means that they can be used for more than just change.
In recent years, NFTs have been embraced by people looking to turn art, music, video and games into digital assets – and have been hailed as the digital answer to collectibles.
But as with any new industry or trend, the NFT space is very attractive to scammers and hackers looking to take advantage of those with little knowledge of the emerging technology.
Scammers recently targeted the Bored Ape Yacht Club – a highly prized NFT collection – and grabbed millions of dollars worth of digital assets after unwitting owners clicked on phishing links posted through one of the manager accounts compromise of the collection.
As with any new industry or trend, the NFT space is very attractive to scammers and hackers looking to take advantage of those with little knowledge of the emerging technology.
The Army YouTube channel meanwhile was replaced with an account called ArkInvest that claimed to host conversations with Tesla founder Elon Musk about cryptocurrency.