British Army Twitter and YouTube accounts hacked and flooded with posts about zombies and monkey-themed NFTs

The British Army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts were hacked by cyber crooks in an NFT scam this evening.

The account’s profile picture was replaced with a pink robot and then a cartoon monkey with “Joker”-like face paint, while the bio was replaced with the cryptic message “We all have a dark side. What will look like yours?

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Hackers have changed the profile and cover photos of the British Army Twitter accountCredit: Twitter
He was a cartoon robot at one time and also changed to a monkey in face paint

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He was a cartoon robot at one time and also changed to a monkey in face paintCredit: Twitter
The British Army has confirmed that their accounts were indeed hacked

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The British Army has confirmed that their accounts were indeed hackedCredit: PA

Posts posted and retweeted from the account tonight urged followers to click on suspicious links to supposedly earn non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

The title of the NFT digital art collection was pasted on the cover photo next to the slogan “Outbreak Imminent”.

Now the account appears to be back under the control of the British Army as the bio is back to normal, the weird cartoons are gone, and the profile and cover photos are blank.

The Army YouTube account was also taken over by Ark Invest, which showed videos of Elon Musk and other crypto investors teaching people how to use the market.

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This follows a series of high-profile attacks in 2020, when the accounts of Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Joe Biden and Kim Kardashian were taken over by scammers.

The scammers, who are said to have made nearly £100,000, hacked into more than 130 well-known accounts.

Subscribers who clicked on the links were asked to give personal information, with the promise of winning NFTs – digital works of art stored online.

An Army spokesperson said: “We are aware of a breach of the Army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts and an investigation is ongoing.

“We take information security very seriously and solve the problem. Until the investigation is complete, it would be inappropriate to comment further.

But Twitter users quickly spotted the scam and tweeted their shock at the security breach.

One sarcastically commented: “Breakthrough British Army cybersecurity…”

Another joked: “Does this mean that the defense of the kingdom is currently in the hands of a masked monkey with glasses or something?”

A third tweeted: “British Army Twitter and YouTube accounts touting NFTs and crypto today. I bet they haven’t changed their ‘waterloo’ password since 1815.”

One social media user wrote: ‘Didn’t have ‘Real UK Army get their Twitter account hacked by NFT scammers’ on the bingo card this week I have to admit.

While another posted a video clip of Stephen Fry and Rowan Atkinson to Blackadder reading a list of names, with the caption: “UK Army HQ discussing who has access to their Twitter password…”

WHAT IS NFTART?

What is an NFT?

Cryptocurrencies are actually collections of computer code, but coins such as Bitcoin or Dogecoin have recognizable logos.

An NFT provides something different because it digitizes a work such as art or music and turns it into a non-fungible token that is stored on the blockchain.

This means that it cannot be duplicated and is unique to whoever owns it.

Why are NFTs popular?

NFTs have become a desirable collectible as influencers, artists, and celebrities use them to promote products.

It gives collectors the opportunity to own a unique digitized item such as art, music, and even trading cards.

How risky are NFTs?

Buying an NFT, like any collectible, is a risky bet on the upside value.

If there is no demand for the NFT you buy, you could end up paying a significant amount for something that loses value or that you cannot sell.

NFTs are still a new market, so it’s unlikely to have the same demand you’ll find for other physical items such as trading cards, art, or classic cars.

You can also create your own NFT but there is no buyer guarantee and you could end up wasting your time and money.

Their YouTube channel was also hacked to show videos of Elon Musk on cryptocurrency

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Their YouTube channel was also hacked to show videos of Elon Musk on cryptocurrencyCredit: Twitter
The attack follows a series of attacks on celebrity accounts in 2020

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The attack follows a series of attacks on celebrity accounts in 2020Credit: Getty