British Army’s Twitter account hacked by crypto scammers

Ministry of Defence begins investigation into Forces social media breach

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British Army’s YouTube account has also been hacked by crypto scammers – Photo: Shutterstock

The British Army’s Twitter account has been hacked by cryptocurrency scammers. 

British Army's Twitter and YouTube accounts hacked

Instead of its normal name and profile picture, the Twitter name of one of the world’s best-funded armies was changed to ‘BAPESCAN’ on Sunday, while the profile picture was replaced with a monkey in a hoodie wearing sunglasses. 

Similarly, the account’s description 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”.

A series of tweets concerning non-fungible tokens and digital artworks were also retweeted. 

At the same time, the British Army’s YouTube channel was reportedly replaced with an account named Ark Invest, which proceeded to promote a supposed interview with Tesla founder Elon Musk.

MoD and politicians react to breach

Responding to the hack, the Ministry of Defence said: “The breach of the Army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts that occurred earlier today has been resolved and an investigation is under way.”

It added: “The Army takes information security extremely seriously and until their investigation is complete it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, who chairs the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, described the hack as “serious”, adding: “I hope the results of the investigation and actions taken will be shared appropriately.”

Striking a less earnest note, fellow Conservative MP Michael Fabricant tweeted: “How embarrassing. The British Army Twitter account has been hacked. Not by the #Russians I don’t think!”

He further joked: “If I ever tweet anything embarrassing or gets me into trouble – it wasn’t ME. I woz hacked!” 

This is not the first time that a prominent account has been hacked. In 2020, hackers engaged in a Bitcoin scam took over the Twitter accounts belonging to Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Elon Musk, among more than 100 others. 

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