Twitter hacked! Nazi ‘swastika’ symbols spread on social media platform including high-profile accounts

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Updated: March 15, 2017 4:53:46 PM

As part of a probable pro-Turkey propaganda, thousands of Twitter accounts were compromised on Wednesday. The hackers took over many verified and high profile accounts and posted messages in the Turkish language followed by hashtags like #Nazialmanya and #Nazihollanda.

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As part of a probable pro-Turkey propaganda, thousands of Twitter accounts were compromised on Wednesday. The hackers took over many verified and high profile accounts and posted messages in the Turkish language followed by hashtags like #Nazialmanya and #Nazihollanda (#NaziGermany and #NaziHolland). These tweets also had swastika symbols in them. The tweets are reportedly related to a date, April 16. On that day Turkey is scheduled to hold a referendum on changes to the constitution to consolidate President Erdogan’s power and that could allow him to stay in the office till 2029. Some of the tweets also contain links to pro-Erdogan videos on YouTube. Some of the pictures that were posted, were replaced with the Turkish flag.

Several media reports are speculating that the hacking came following the tensions between Netherlands and Turkey when the Dutch government stopped two Turkish ministers from talking to expatriated in the Netherlands before the referendum, Erdogan had then accused the Dutch of acting like ‘Nazi remnants and then suspended some diplomatic relations with the former country. He even accused Germany of behaving like ‘Nazis’, where Turkish rallies were banned before the referendum.

BBC North America, Amnesty International, Reuters Japan, and Duke University, are some of the numerous Twitter accounts that were hacked. Many people have reportedly claimed that the compromised tweets are seemingly linked to Twitter Counter, a Netherlands-based analytics application. It is also infamous for the November 2016 attack.

According to some reports, Twitter has accepted that it is aware of the hacking attacks and that it is investigating it. The Counter (@thecounter) tweeted: “We’re aware that our service was hacked and have started an investigation into the matter.We’ve already taken measures to contain such abuse

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