South Korean Government’s YouTube Channel Hacked to Play Crypto Video With Elon Musk

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South Korean Government’s YouTube Channel Hacked to Play Crypto Video With Elon Musk – On September 3, 2022, a hacking attempt was attempted against the South Korean government’s official YouTube channel. In a report based on statements from representatives of the executive power in Seoul and Google, the Korean news agency Yonhap said that the perpetrators had succeeded in broadcasting a crypto-themed video.

The name of the video-sharing platform’s channel changed to “SpaceX Invest” in the early hours of Saturday, suggesting that it had been hacked. Additionally, a live broadcast on cryptocurrencies was displayed, which featured an interview with Elon Musk, the CEO and founder of SpaceX and a prominent figure in the U.S.

The Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, which is in charge of managing the YouTube account, said that its employees learned about the situation around 6:00 a.m.. At 7:20 a.m., after taking immediate security precautions, they were able to regain control of the channel.

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The ID and password for the account are mostly thought to have been stolen. According to Yonhap, Google, the parent company of YouTube, confirmed that the channel had been hacked. The news outlet also cited a Google Korea employee as saying that the unit was looking into the hacking incident.

A YouTube account managed by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) was also hacked earlier in the week. The channel, which has more than 500,000 members, was targeted two times: Thursday and again on Friday. According to a KTO official, if Google notices suspicious activity, it will automatically block access to the account.

An anti-government group called “Belarusian Cyber Partisans” recently attempted to sell Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko’s passport as an NFT in another hacking effort. To support its actions in protest of Minsk’s role in the Russian invasion of the neighboring Ukraine, the hacktivist collective has been raising cryptocurrencies.

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