A South Korean government YouTube channel was hacked on Saturday, apparently to show a cryptocurrency-related video that involved Tesla CEO Elon Musk, but it has been restored, sources say.
At 3:30 a.m., the official government channel on the video-sharing platform was apparently hacked as its name was changed to “SpaceX Invest” and aired a live cryptocurrency show that included an interview with the American billionaire and founder of SpaceX. Musk.
The official from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism who manages the YouTube account said he became aware of the situation at 6 am, took security measures and restored the account at 7:20 am.
The official said that the username and password from the account are suspected of theft.
Google, YouTube’s parent company, has confirmed that the channel has been hacked, according to Yonhap news agency.
A Google Korea official said it is currently investigating the cause of the incident.
The attack follows a hack earlier this week on a YouTube channel run by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), which is run by the Ministry of Tourism.
The channel, which has about 509,000 subscribers, was initially attacked on Thursday and then again the next day, according to WHO. The channel is currently unavailable.
A KTO spokesperson said that Google will automatically block account access if it detects abnormal logins.