LONDON (AP) – Britain’s military authorities are trying to figure out who hacked the army’s social media accounts over the weekend and flooded them with cryptocurrency videos and posts on collectible electronic art.
The investigation was launched after authorized content on the army’s YouTube account was replaced with a video feed promoting cryptocurrencies and featuring images of billionaire Elon Musk. The Army Twitter account retweeted a series of posts about non-fungible tokens, unique digital images that can be bought and sold but have no physical counterpart.
“Sorry for the temporary disruption to our feed,” the Army said in a tweet posted after the Twitter account was restored on Sunday. “We will conduct a full investigation and learn from this incident. Thank you for following us and normal service is now resuming.”
The Department of Defense said late Sunday that both violations had been “resolved.”
While netizens were unable to access the army’s YouTube site Monday, a spokesman said the site was down for standard maintenance. The Twitter feed worked normally.
Although British officials have previously raised concerns about state-sponsored Russian hacking, the military has not speculated on who is responsible for Sunday’s breaches.
“The Army takes information security very seriously and until its investigation is complete it would be inappropriate to comment further,” the Defense Department said.
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