British Army regains control of YouTube and Twitter accounts following NFT hack

Quick Take

  • The British Army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts were compromised over the weekend by hackers promoting NFT projects.
  • The Army regained control of the account by Sunday evening and is carrying out an investigation. 

Over the weekend, the British Army's official Twitter and YouTube accounts were compromised, with hackers using the accounts to promote non-fungible token (NFT) projects. 

Hackers initially changed the account's profile picture, banner and description to promote Bapesclan NFTs – a collection which depicts cartoon apes face-on. Those in control of the account later promoted another collection called The Possessed. 

The Army regained control of the account by Sunday evening, tweeting: "Apologies for the temporary interruption to our feed. We will conduct a full investigation and learn from this incident. Thanks for following us and normal service will now resume.”

On YouTube, videos were posted promoting cryptocurrencies, featuring images of Tesla CEO Elon Musk. 

A twist in the tale came as the self-professed creator of The Possessed NFT project hit back at the hackers on twitter, claiming they had been impersonated.

".@BritishArmy has been hacked and is spreading fake @ThePossessedNFT info. Forget us, please report their account as compromised as this is not okay," the account @TMW_buidls tweeted