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.
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.