Twitter accounts hacked to display swastikas, support for Turkish president

Twitter accounts hacked to display swastikas, support for Turkish president
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Numerous high-profile Twitter accounts were hacked on Wednesday morning to display Nazi swastikas and messages supporting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Some of the more prominent accounts that were hacked included BBC North America, Reuters Japan, Forbes Magazine and Justin Bieber Japan. Many of the compromised account holders have regained control of their profiles according to tweets sent out after the hacks.

The tweets from compromised accounts bear the hashtags #NaziHollanda or #Nazialmanya and, according to Engadget, are being tweeted from a variety of different accounts in addition to those of high-profile users.

Twitter Counter, which tracks statistics for millions of users, confirmed that it had been hacked early Wednesday, saying it was “taking measures to contain the abuse.” The service has hacked last November in a similarly styled attack.

Twitter said it is aware of the problem.

“Our teams worked at pace and took direct action,” a Twitter spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “We quickly located the source which was limited to a third party app. We removed its permissions immediately. No additional accounts are impacted.”

The hacks — which happened on the same day as the Dutch elections — come amid tension between Holland and Turkey. Erdoğan recently likened Dutch authorities to “Nazi remnants,” which prompted criticism from Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

The tweets also referenced April 16, the date of a forthcoming Turkish referendum to give Erdoğan more power as president.