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

On Saturday, the official YouTube channel of the South Korean government was hacked and those who did it broadcast a clip related to the cryptocurrency. The video also featured billionaire and cryptocurrency enthusiast Elon Musk, local media reported citing sources in Seoul.

Hackers aerial interview with Musk via the Korean government Youtube account

The South Korean government’s official Youtube channel became the target of a hacking attack on September 3, 2022. The perpetrators managed to stream a crypto-themed video, Korean news agency Yonhap revealed in a report based on statements by officials from the executive power in Seoul and Google.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the channel on the video sharing platform appeared to have been hacked as its name changed to “Spacex Invest”. He also showed a live broadcast dedicated to cryptocurrency that included an interview with US business tycoon and Spacex founder and CEO Elon Musk.

A representative of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, responsible for administering the Youtube account, said the employees of the department became aware of the situation around 6 am. They immediately took security measures and were able to restore control over the canal at 7:20 am

The main suspicion is that the account ID and password have been stolen. Google, the parent company of Youtube, confirmed the channel had been hacked, Yonhap added, also citing a Google Korea official who said the unit was looking into the hacking incident.

Earlier this week, a Youtube account managed by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) was also hacked. The channel, with over half a million subscribers, was targeted first Thursday, then again the next day, and is still unavailable. A KTO rep told the news agency that Google automatically blocks access to an account in case it detects abnormal activity.

In another recent hacking attack, an anti-government group called “Belarusian Cyber ​​Partisans” tried to sell the passport of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko as an NFT. The hacktivist collective has raised cryptocurrencies to fund its activities in opposition to Minsk’s involvement in the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

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Lubomir Tassev

Lubomir Tassev is a tech-savvy Eastern European journalist who likes Hitchens’ quote: “Being a writer is who I am rather than what I do.” In addition to cryptocurrencies, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

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