The official Youtube channel of the South Korean government has been hacked on Saturday and those who did it, broadcasted a cryptocurrency-related clip. Elon Musk was also seen in the video, according to local media.
Hackers Air Interview With Musk via Korean Government’s Youtube Account
On September 3, 2022, a hacker attack took place against the South Korean government’s official Youtube channel. According to the Korean Yonhap news agency, they were able to broadcast a video with crypto themes. This was revealed by officials of the Seoul executive and Google.
In the early morning hours on Saturday, the channel on the video-sharing platform appeared to have been hacked as its name changed to “Spacex Invest.” It also showed a live broadcast dedicated to cryptocurrency that included an interview with U.S. business magnate and Spacex founder and CEO Elon Musk.
A representative of the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, which is responsible for administering the Youtube account, said that the department’s employees became aware of the situation around 6 a.m. They took immediate security precautions and restored control of the channel at 7;20 a.m.
The main suspicion is that the account’s ID and password have been stolen. Google, Youtube’s parent company, confirmed that the channel had been hacked, Yonhap added, while also quoting an official at Google Korea who said that the unit was looking into the hacking incident.
A Youtube account belonging to the Korea Tourism Organization was also compromised earlier this week. Over half a million subscribers to the channel were targeted first, then another time on Thursday. The channel is currently unavailable. KTO representative informed the news agency that Google will automatically block access to accounts in cases of abnormal activity.
In another hacking attack recently, an anti-government group called ‘Belarusian Cyber Partisans’ tried to sell Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko’s passport as an NFT. The hacktivist collective has been raising cryptocurrency to fund its activities in opposition of Minsk’s involvement in the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine.
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