Hack floods Twitter with swastikas and Nazi messages

The security breach, which came through a third-party monitoring app, affected many profiles of public figures and brand accounts. Here’s how the parties responded.

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Early Wednesday morning, thousands of tweets containing swastikas and Turkish hashtags that translated to “NaziGermany,” “NaziMania” and “NaziNetherlands” flooded the platform.

The Guardian reported:

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.

The breach came through a third-party tool called Twitter Counter, which many Twitter users—including celebrities and brand managers—use to gather analytics. It affected brand accounts including Amnesty International, Forbes magazine, Duke University and BBC North America.

After removing the messages, a few brand managers tweeted about the hack:

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