A Bunch Of Hacked Twitter Accounts Tweeted Swastikas And Turkish Propaganda
by, 03-18-2017 at 06:17 AM (162 Views)
Late last night, hackers took over hundreds of prominent Twitter accounts and started pushing tweets in Turkish that accused Holland and Germany of being Nazis. The hackers accessed the accounts, which include Forbes, Reuters Japan, Nike Spain, Starbucks Argentina, Duke University, through a third party app called the Counter, according to Gizmodo.
A translation of the above tweet reads: "#nazigermany #nazinetherlands this is a little #ottomanslap see you on #april16 what did I write? LEARN Turkish."
After a failed coup against him in 2016, Turkey's Erdogan is campaigning for an April 16 referendum that would rewrite parts of Turkey's constitution. Erdogan's critics say he's trying to consolidate power amidst a crackdown, and he's been publicly feuding with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and German chancellor Angela Merkel over the referendum. Both countries have tried to block his attempts to campaign with expat Turks in the Netherlands and Germany.
Twitter said in a statement that it was aware of the hack and had responded: "Our teams worked at pace and took direct action. We quickly located the source which was limited to a third party app. We removed its permissions immediately. No additional accounts are impacted."