Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jose Becker

Twitter Hackers Post Turkish Flag, Target Netherlands in 'Nazi' Spat

Twitter Hackers Post Turkish Flag, Target Netherlands in 'Nazi' Spat

Hackers on Wednesday appeared to gain control of hundreds of Twitter accounts, including high-profile human rights groups, posting messages that echo Turkish government statements that the Netherlands and Germany are "Nazis".

The hackers posted messages with swastikas and the hashtags "NaziGermany" and "NaziNetherlands" and said these countries should learn Turkish.

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The Dutch company was hacked in a similar fashion in November, causing several of the 350m Twitter accounts that it tracks to send spam tweets, including from high-profile accounts such as PlayStation, the New Yorker and the Red Cross.

"Assuming this abuse is indeed done using our system, we've blocked all ability to post tweets and changed our Twitter app key", it said.

It's believed that Twitter Counter was used to hack into the accounts, and if this is the case, it would be the second time in just four months that hackers exploited it to hijack accounts, according to PC World.

The accounts that were hacked include worldwide news organizations such as the German newspaper Die Welt, Forbes Magazine, BBC North America, and Reuters Japan. They include the UK Department of Health and BBC North America, as well as the official account of Marcelo Claure, CEO of telecoms firm Sprint Corp.

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Twitter Counter tweeted that it was aware it had been hacked and had launched an investigation into the matter.

"We've already taken measures to contain such abuse", the service tweeted.

Amnesty International's Twitter account, one of the hacked users.

The protest came after two Turkish ministers were stopped from campaigning in the Netherlands in favour of giving Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more powers in the forthcoming referendum.

As part of a probable pro-Turkey propaganda, thousands of Twitter accounts were compromised on Wednesday.

Twitter acknowledged an issue tied to a third-party app was affecting a "small number of users", but did not specify if it was connected to this hack.

The Counter made it clear that they do not store users' account details or passwords. It said that no additional accounts will be impacted.

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