August 8, 2022

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Army’s YouTube and Twitter accounts hacked

After the hacking of its Twitter and YouTube accounts, the British Army said it is looking into the matter.

Elon Musk, a millionaire businessman, appeared in videos regarding cryptocurrencies that were uploaded to the YouTube channel.

The NFTs, a type of electronic work for investment, appeared to be discussed in a number of tweets.

The Army acknowledged the “breach,” stating that it “very seriously” took information security and was working to fix the problem. Now that both accounts have been recovered,

“While we have already remedied the issue, an investigation is ongoing and it would be improper to discuss further,” the Army representative continued.

The accounts were also renamed throughout the hacking instances, which remain unsolved.

At one point, the Twitter handle’s name was changed to Bapesclan, and its profile image was changed to a cartoon ape-like character wearing clown makeup.

By Sunday night, the account had been restored to its prior state. Later, the Army tweeted: “Sorry for the brief disruption to our stream.” We’ll carry out a thorough investigation and draw conclusions from this situation. We appreciate your patience; regular service will immediately resume.

The incident “seems serious,” according to Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, chair of the Commons defence select committee.

 “I hope the results of the investigation and actions taken will be publicised properly,” he wrote in a tweet.

It’s not the first time a well-known Twitter account has come under attack.

In July 2020, hackers broke into significant US accounts amid what seemed to be a Bitcoin scam.

Accounts belonging to people like Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Kanye West were among those affected.