Many Twitter accounts, including popular institutions and major brands, are getting hijacked recently. From big brands like Nike to popular institutions like Duke University to major fast food outlets, several accounts are getting hacked with a swastika. This is a reference to a referendum that will give President Erdogan more power. The referendum will be held in Turkey.
Third Party App Twitter Counter hacking the accounts
The tweets include the words like “Nazi Holland” and “Nazi Germany” and are in Turkish language. The tweets are in reference to the recent diplomatic conflicts between Netherlands and Turkey and the elections in the Netherlands. The hackers are posting a link to Twitter account sebomubu and a YouTube video. According to Rob Lopez, the attack seems to be coming through a vulnerability in Twitter Counter, which is a third party application.
People who have used that service should go to “Settings and Privacy” and then, click on the “Apps” section. They will see the third party app in the section and they can disable the app’s access just by a click. Even the Twitter account of popular site “Forbes” was hacked but the publisher was able to regain its access. The hack is not limited to one or two accounts, but to many accounts like of celebrities, Amnesty International and accounts of soccer stars.
Now, people are focusing on all accounts, which are getting hacked, by looking for the hashtags like #Nazihollanda and #Nazialmanya.
Twitter releases a statement, says no extra accounts are impacted
A statement disclosed a little on the situation in the Netherlands, “The Turkish community and our citizens were subject to bad treatment, with inhumane and humiliating methods used in disproportionate intervention against people exercising their right to peaceful assembly.”
The tweets have been deleted but the banner image of the Turkish flag is still intact on the account of Starbucks Argentina. We still do not know if any Turkish hackers were behind the hack or if any state entities or independent Erdogan supporters did this work.
Twitter, however, said in a statement, “We are aware of an issue affecting a number of account holders this morning. Our teams are working at pace and taking direct action on this issue. We quickly located the source which was limited to a third party app. We removed its permissions immediately. No additional accounts are impacted. Advice on keeping your account secure can be found here.”