Top Twitter ac­counts hacked

New Straits Times - - World -

PARIS: Sev­eral top Twitter ac­counts, in­clud­ing those of a Ger­man foot­ball club, a French min­istry and BBC North Amer­ica, were de­faced yes­ter­day by proTurk­ish hack­ers with a mes­sage slam­ming “Nazi Ger­many” and “Nazi Hol­land”.

“#Naz­iGer­many. #Naz­iHol­land. This is a small #Ot­tomanslap for you. See you on #April16. I wrote what? Learn Turk­ish,” read the mes­sage, which comes in the midst of a bit­ter row be­tween Europe and Turkey over Turk­ish gov­ern­ment ral­lies on Euro­pean soil.

The mes­sage also fea­tured a swastika and was fol­lowed by a video show­ing ex­tracts of speeches by Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan.

Twitter con­firmed the at­tack. “We are aware of an is­sue af­fect­ing a num­ber of ac­count hold­ers this morn­ing,” a Twitter spokesman said, adding the source of the at­tack had been tracked to a third party ap­pli­ca­tion, whose per­mis­sions had been re­moved.

Ger­many’s Borus­sia Dort­mund foot­ball club, ten­nis le­gend Boris Becker and Amnesty In­ter­na­tional were also tar­geted. AFP

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