- South Korean government’s Youtube channel was hacked by a group of unknown scammers.
- The hackers changed the government’s Youtube channel name to “SpaceX Invest”.
- The government is working with Google to determine how hackers were able to carry out their attack.
On Saturday, the official Youtube channel of the South Korean government was hacked by a group of unknown scammers, who used it to promote a crypto scam with the image of Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and crypto enthusiast.
Yonhap News, a South Korean news agency, reported that the government’s official Youtube channel got hacked at 3:30 am on September 3. The hackers changed the government’s Youtube channel name to “SpaceX Invest”.
The scammers then posted fake videos of interviews where Elon Musk talked about cryptocurrencies. The government was able to detect the hack quickly and proceeded to suspend the account for 4 hours.
A spokesperson from South Korea’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism said that the government is working with Google to determine how hackers were able to carry out their attack, but suspects that the channel’s ID and password may have been stolen.
Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) claims that this is not the first cyber attack, but KTO faced a similar two-day cyber attack on Thursday, which ended the channel’s suspension. A KTO official also mentioned that Google automatically blocks access to the Youtube account if it spots abnormal connections.
Last week, many cryptocurrencies faced the effects of cyber crime. KyberSwap had suffered a security breach through malicious code, which allowed hackers to steal $265,000 worth of crypto. Binance has identified two hackers and is working with authorities for law enforcement. Hackers also hacked the legendary Hollywood star, Bill Murray, managing to steal $185,000. This was raised to be donated to a 3-year-old girl with intractable epilepsy.