It took four hours for the British Army to regain control of its accounts, and needless to say, it's a rather embarrassing security breach.
Crypto scammers have hacked the British Army's social media accounts.
The Army's Twitter profile was bombarded with posts about NFTs — and at one point, the account's official name was changed to BAPESCLAN and The Possessed.
While both of these collections are legitimate, it's highly likely that the hackers were trying to deceive followers in an attempt to drain their wallets.
Worryingly, its YouTube channel was also affected, and its name was changed to mimic a legitimate company called Ark Invest.
A series of streams were then posted to make it seem like Elon Musk and Cathie Wood were holding live conservations and discussing why Bitcoin and Ether are going to "explode" in 2022.
At one point, more than 20,000 people were watching these broadcasts — fueling fears that some viewers may have fallen victim to a crypto scam.
It took four hours for the British Army to regain control of its accounts, and needless to say, it's a rather embarrassing security breach. In a statement, the Ministry of Defence said:
"The Army takes information security extremely seriously and until their investigation is complete it would be inappropriate to comment further."
Tobias Ellwood, a Conservative Member of Parliament who chairs the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, said the breach looked serious — and he called on the results of the investigation to be shared, as well as the steps that will be taken to prevent this happening again.
The hack comes as the U.K. explores plans to become a global cryptoasset hub — and mere days after a parliamentary committee questioned researchers, journalists and businesses on the "current and possible future uses of blockchain technology."