A fraudulent deepfake of Elon Musk was posted on the South Korean government’s YouTube channel
On September 3, unidentified individuals hacked a YouTube channel owned by the South Korean government. They renamed it SpaceX Invest and deepfaked it to broadcast fabricated videos of Elon Musk discussing cryptocurrencies. This is reported by Yonhap News Agency.
An official from South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism told the agency that control of the channel was restored the same day. It is currently unavailable. According to the individual, the hackers were able to compromise the account credentials.
Google confirmed to Yonhap that the government blog was indeed hacked. The company added that they are investigating the incident.
Today, the media also reported the blocking of the Twitter account of the Venezuelan division of the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Late in the evening, links to a site allegedly owned by Ripple were posted on it.
The website promotes the “giveaway” of the XRP cryptocurrency. To obtain the asset, users are prompted to follow a malicious link. For now, the phishing tweets remain on the PwC Venezuela page.
We recall that in May 2022, hackers spread a deepfake on Twitter that “solicited investment” in an apparent scam.