Elon Musk Interview on Cryptocurrency Leaked on South Korean Government Hacked YouTube Channel

Hackers renamed the South Korean government's YouTube channel as "SpaceX Invest" and broadcast an interview with Elon Musk on cryptocurrency.

The South Korean government's YouTube site was hacked Saturday morning to release a video of Elon Musk talking about cryptocurrencies, local media said.

Yonhap News Agency reported, that at 3:30 a.m., the channel's name was changed to "SpaceX Invest,". A screenshot shared by the agency appears to show a June interview with Bloomberg News editor-in-chief John Micklethwait.

Musk revealed Tesla and SpaceX bought bitcoin as a "tiny percentage" of their financial holdings and that his automaker accepts Dogecoin, which he helped boost by 10% after tweeting about it.

The South Korean officials detected the breach three hours later and restored the credentials at 7.20 a.m., Yonhap reported.

Yonhap also reported, YouTube’s channel account ID and password were stolen.

The channel has 262,000 subscribers and posts videos about government and current affairs. It's the third government YouTube account to be hacked in two weeks, according to JoongAng Ilbo's Lee Jian.

The Korea Tourism Organization's YouTube channel was hacked twice on Thursday and Friday, JoongAng Ilbo reported.

South Korea's National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art's YouTube channel was hacked on August 29 to release a cryptocurrency video. This attack may be related to Sunday's breach.

The three YouTube channels were "compromised owing to unauthorized activity," a Google official told Insider.

The spokesperson confirmed all accounts were restored.

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