‘Hundreds’ of Twitter accounts, including Forbes, apparently hacked

March 15, 2017 by KIRO 7 News

High-profile Twitter accounts were hacked early Wednesday to post a message with the hashtags #Nazialmanya and #Nazihollanda.

According to Josh Butler, associate editor of Huffington Post Australia, “many hundreds” of compromised accounts – including @Forbes, @BBC America, @CBSTVStudios, @Bieber_Japan, sports teams and other verified users – tweeted a message in Turkish overnight.

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The tweet, which begins with a swastika and includes a YouTube link, “says ‘Nazi Germany’ and ‘Nazi Holland’ and ‘see you April 16th,'” Butler tweeted.

CNBC reported that hacked accounts also were “branded with the Turkish flag.”

 

@RikkiKlausWSB @AudreyWSBTV @NefertitiWSB @wsbtv i believe @Atlanta_Police twitter has been hacked pic.twitter.com/yXwRVgF6zw

— dfbbINC (@dfbbinc) March 15, 2017

 

 

Third-party application Twitter Counter confirmed at 4:55 a.m. ET that it had been hacked and was investigating the issue.

 

 

Analyst Ben Donkor and others said hackers likely used the third-party application Twitter Counter to gain access to the accounts.

 

Analyst Ben Donkor encouraged people to revoke Twitter Counter’s access to their accounts.

 

Butler and other Twitter users also urged people to enable two-factor authentication.

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-By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk