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More than half a million subscribers to the YouTube channel of the South Korean Ministry of Culture saw an American billionaire talking about cryptocurrencies instead of a government video.
Hackers renamed the ministry's channel toYouTube at SpaceX Invest. Then the organizers of the hack launched fabricated videos on the channel with Tesla CEO Elon Musk talking about investing in cryptocurrencies. South Korea's Ministry of Culture and Tourism (KTO), which owns the YouTube account, said the account was restored within four hours and the scammers' broadcasts were stopped.
KTO reported that scammers tried twicehack account. The first attack, organized on September 1, was successfully localized by the cybersecurity service. A second attack on September 3 was briefly successful. YouTube and Google confirmed the compromise of the official's channel. Google Korea announced that it is currently investigating the cause of the incident.
Preview version of the hackgovernment channel - compromise of the account and password of a YouTube channel owned by KTO. A screenshot with Musk speaking and a renamed channel is provided as evidence of the hack.
The Ministry noted that Googleautomatically blocks access to your account if it detects unauthorized connections. Musk has not yet responded to the message about the use of his image in this hacker attack.
Cyberattacks on government channels are notare something new. In 2021, cybercriminals hacked the personal Twitter account of the head of the Indian government. On his behalf, hackers announced the recognition of Bitcoin by the country's authorities and the distribution of 500 BTC.