Hackers took over a third-party app and posted swastikas all over Twitter

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Hackers allegedly compromised a third-party Twitter app and began posting pictures of swastikas and pro-Turkish president messages on hundreds of Twitter accounts, including several verified ones. Duke University, Forbes, Nike Spain, UNICEF USA, and Starbucks Argentina are some of the well-known accounts that were compromised this morning.

First reported by Gizmodo, the attackers posted a message in Turkish referencing April 16, when a referendum will give more power to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Some of the messages are followed by the hashtags #Nazialmanya (Nazi Germany) and #Nazihollanda (Nazi Holland), presumably referencing the elections in these countries and the political tension between them and Turkey.

The tweets also included a four-minute YouTube video of pro-Erdogan propaganda.

The verified Twitter support page says the source of the attack was a third-party app, and claims to have resolved the issue.

That app appears to be Twitter Counter, which admits to having been hacked.

Some accounts have not fully recovered:

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H/T Gizmodo


Phillip Tracy

Phillip Tracy

Phillip Tracy is a former technology staff writer at the Daily Dot. He's an expert on smartphones, social media trends, and gadgets. He previously reported on IoT and telecom for RCR Wireless News and contributed to NewBay Media magazine. He now writes for Laptop magazine.