Twitter Hack Puts Nazi References Into High Profile Twitter Accounts

Today, many high profile Twitter accounts including the European Parliament, Unicef, Forbes Magazine, BBC North America, Die Welt and Reuters Japan had Tweets sent out from the accounts with Nazi slogans. The vehicle for the hack was a Twitter app called  Twitter Counter which some people and organizations use to measure Twitter stats. It has been blocked by Twitter as a result of the hack. Seeing as this has happened before and Twitter Counter was the source the last time, that seems like a wise move. According to The Guardian, the messages that were posted were supporting controversial Turkish president Tayyip Erdoğan:

The attackers used the service’s permissions to post a message in Turkish, reading “卐 #NaziGermany👌#NaziNetherlands, a little👋#OTTOMAN SLAP for you, see you on #April16th.” That date is when Turkey is planning to hold a referendum on whether to grant stronger powers to its president Tayyip Erdoğan, and the tweets also linked to a pro-Erdoğan video on YouTube.

A search for the hashtags in the message – #Nazialmanya and #Nazihollanda in the original Turkish – returned thousands of results, indicating widespread success on the part of the hackers. The attackers also changed profile pictures and header images for some more high-profile targets, changing the main image to a Turkish flag and the profile picture to a Turkish-style coat of arms.

To avoid having your Twitter account pwned by hackers, I suggest that you double check your account and any third party apps or services. You can find instructions on how to do that here. Because if they get pwned, then you get pwned. Next I’d also recommend making sure you use a unique password and have two-factor authentication enabled to make sure that you’re not the next victim.

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