A wide range of Twitter accounts – businesses and media outlets, celebrities – appeared to have been hacked with the same message. Some of the affected accounts are Forbes, BBC North America, World Meteorological Organization, bitcoin wallet Blockchain, German soccer club Borussia Dortmund, U-Haul, tennis star Boris Becker, Justin Bieber‘s Japanese account and the Atlanta Police Department.
According to a series of tweets by Arjun Kharpal, a CNBC Correspondent, these accounts were branded with the Turkish flag and nationalist pro-Turkish messages.
One tweet showed comments Swastika and Turkish hashtag which when translated meant “Nazi Germany” and “Nazi Holland.” Some of the tweets linked to a video of Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan which appears to be in support of him. It also mentions the date of April 16, which is when Turkey will hold a referendum seeking to give more power to the President.
Last week, Erdogan branded the Dutch government “Nazi remnants and fascists” after a Turkish minister was blocked from visiting the country’s consulate in Rotterdam. Erdogan responded by warning the Netherlands it would “pay the price” for its actions.
However, many of the hacked accounts have taken back control almost immediately.
Photo Credit: Twitter – @ArjunKharpal