According to reports, the name of NFT group Bapesclan was changed on the military force’s Twitter account, and their trademark cartoon monkey was used as the profile picture. The heading was altered to “#1 metavesto clan with multi-billion dollar experience on the ETH chain. By @chaintchlabs, powered.”
Additionally, the hackers gave the impression that the account was linked to PSSSSD Labs’ The Possessed NFT collection. Several tweets contained links to NFT giveaways.
Since then, all such retweets have been deleted, and the account has been restored. A tweet from the Army account apologized and promised to “learn from this incident.”
A global investment firm known as Ark Invest has taken over the Army YouTube account in the interim. However, there is no proof that the breach was the fault of the company in question.
According to The Verge, Jack Dorsey’s old livestreams and video interviews with Elon Musk discussing cryptocurrencies were promoted on the YouTube account. These discussions took place in a conference that Ark Invest hosted in June of last year. The livestreams broadcast by the hackers reportedly attracted thousands of viewers. According to blogger Molly White, the videos had an overlay that pointed viewers toward scams involving Bitcoin and Ethereum.
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Bapesclan, Ark Invest, and PSSSSD Labs have all remained silent about the fraud.
Although the YouTube channel had been reinstated, it appears that the account has been “terminated for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines” as of the time of writing.
Yesterday, the account published a video updating viewers on soldiers, army sports, and air and land defense. However, some commenters trolling the post wrote “Great crypto advice” and “Where are my NFT drops.”
Additionally tweeting about the breach, the Ministry of Defence Press Office confirmed that an investigation was being conducted.
The account tweeted, “It would be inappropriate to comment further until their investigation is complete. The Army takes information security extremely seriously.