The British military has launched an investigation into a “breach” of its Twitter and YouTube accounts, which were briefly hacked on Sunday and used to post information about cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
“Apologies for temporarily interrupting our feed. We will thoroughly investigate and learn from this incident,” said a post on the @BritishArmy Twitter account.
The account previously retweeted several posts about NFTs. At one point, his name was changed to Bapesclan – an NFT-holding club – and his profile picture to a monkey-like cartoon figure in clownish makeup.
The Army’s YouTube account, which had been rebranded as “Ark Invest” and showed several cryptocurrency-related videos using images of billionaire Elon Musk, was also restored to its original state on Sunday night.
“We can confirm that yesterday there was a breach of the army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts and an investigation is ongoing,” an army spokesperson told Euronews Next on Monday in a statement sent by email.
“We take information security very seriously and although we have now resolved the issue, an investigation is ongoing and it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
“It looks serious”
It is unclear who is behind the hacking incidents.
Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Commons Defense Select Committee, said what happened “appeared serious”.
“I hope that the results of the investigation and the measures taken will be shared appropriately,” he said. added in a tweet.
The British Army’s Twitter feed currently has over 363,000 followers, while the YouTube channel has 177,000 subscribers.
Ark Invest is the name of a global investment company. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment submitted by email and on the company’s website.
In July 2020, major US accounts were taken over by hackers in an apparent Bitcoin scam. Accounts affected included those of Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Kanye West.