Hackers Attack High-Profile Twitter Accounts, Post Swastikas And Pro-Erdogan Content

The attack comes after Dutch officials prohibited Turkish ministers from speaking to expats, following which President Erdoğan condemned the Dutch government for “acting like Nazi remnants“.

In the Netherlands, voters cast ballots Wednesday in elections that marks a test of strength for the country’s anti-Islam forces led by Geert Wilders, who wants to ban the Koran and shut down mosques.

The local hack was first reported by Channel 13, which captured a screen shot of the tweet.

Early this morning, reports have surfaced that hundreds or even thousands of Twitter users have had their accounts hacked.

“#NaziGermany. #NaziHolland. This is a small #Ottomanslap for you”.

You can see the message pictured above, thanks to a screenshot from The Comeback. “I wrote what? Learn Turkish”.

A four-minute video attached to the tweet begins with an Erdogan speech in which he says: “If we’re going to die, let’s die like men”.

In addition to that, Twitter confirmed that it had taken action on its side.

The same hacking group appears to have been responsible for temporary outages in August and September last year of the sites of Austrian institutions including the Vienna airport, the national parliament and Central Bank last year.

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

The message relates to Turkey’s escalating diplomatic conflict with Germany and the Netherlands.

The European Council’s president, Donald Tusk, on Wednesday said Turkish accusations of fascism in the Netherlands were “completely detached from reality”.

“Nazism is still widespread in Europe”, he said. “You are not welcome here!”, it said on its front page.

“On the 11th of March, Shortly after the Dutch authorities prevented [Turkish] foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu from flying to Rotterdam, we observed disruption attacks carried out against Rotterdam The Hauge Airport’s website”.

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Image Caption: The Turkish flag was also used in the hack.

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