British Army investigates hacks of army social media accounts
UK military authorities are trying to find out who hacked the army’s social media accounts over the weekend, flooding them with cryptocurrency videos and posts related to collectible electronic art
LONDON — British military authorities are trying to find out who hacked the army’s social media accounts over the weekend, flooding them with cryptocurrency videos and posts related to collectible electronic art.
The investigation was launched after authorized content on the military’s YouTube account was replaced with a video feed promoting cryptocurrencies that included images of billionaire Elon Musk. The Army’s Twitter account retweeted a number of posts about non-fungible tokens, unique digital images that can be bought and sold but have no physical counterpart.
“Apologies for temporarily interrupting our feed,” the military said in a tweet posted after the Twitter account was restored on Sunday. “We will carry out a full investigation and learn from this incident. Thank you for following us, and normal service will now resume.
The Department of Defense said Sunday evening that both breaches had been “resolved”.
While internet users were unable to access the military’s YouTube site on Monday, a spokesperson said the site was down for standard maintenance. The Twitter feed was working normally.
Although British officials have previously raised concerns about the Russian state-sponsored hack, the military did not speculate on who was responsible for Sunday’s breaches.
“The military takes information security very seriously, and until its investigation is complete, it would be inappropriate to comment further,” the Department of Defense said.