Hundreds of Twitter accounts, including media outlets, celebrities, international aid organisations and political entities, appear to be hacked by a group supporting the Turkish government.
The tweets from alleged hackers include a swastika, as well as the hashtags ‘Nazialmanya’ (NaziGermany) and ‘Nazihollanda’ (NaziHolland), which refers to the increasing diplomatic tensions between Holland and Turkey. The hacker also posted a YouTube video link, which features a number of clips of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The tweet also mentioned the date April 16, the day when Turkey will hold a referendum seeking to give more power to the President.
According to a Bloomberg report, Reuters Japan, Forbes, BBC North America and German newspaper Die Welt were also affected, as well as accounts associated with the Mayor of Bordeaux, Alain Juppe, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and the European Parliament.
According to Engadget, the source of the hack appears to be from a third-party service, Twitter Counter.
Amnesty International, BBC North America, UNICEF USA and other accounts were also hacked. Many of the accounts that were hacked have seemed to have taken back control from hackers.