Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

REVISITED

After key battle, Syrian town of Kobane looks to the future

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'War is not an option,' says former FARC guerrilla leader

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Madagascar political crisis: top court orders formation of unity government

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Ireland's abortion referendum

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Weinstein in court; Ireland abortion vote; Italy's populist takeover

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

Sugar and spice: The flavours of the French Caribbean

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

The French are so rude! Or are they?

Read more

ENCORE!

The writing's on the wall: Revolutionary posters from May 68

Read more

REPORTERS

'We heard there might be a civil war': May 68 seen from abroad

Read more

Middle East

Top Twitter accounts hacked in pro-Turkey protest

© Yasin Akgul, AFP | A Turkish national flag is waved in front of the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul on March 12, 2017.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-03-15

The diplomatic spat between Turkey and the Netherlands spread online on Wednesday when a large number of Twitter accounts, many with no apparent connection to the dispute, were hijacked and replaced with anti-Nazi messages in Turkish.

The attacks, which appeared to be simply a form of political vandalism and used the hashtags #Nazialmanya or #Nazihollanda, took over accounts of high-profile CEOs, publishers, government agencies and also some regular Twitter users.

President Tayyip Erdogan has suspended high-level diplomatic ties with the Netherlands and branded the country’s citizens “Nazi remnants” for preventing his ministers at the weekend from addressing rallies of Turks living there.

Hijacked accounts featured tweets with Nazi symbols, a variety of hashtags and the phrase “See you on April 16”, an apparent reference to the date of Turkey’s planned referendum to grant Erdogan more powers.

The Twitter accounts hijacked included those of the European Parliament and the personal profile of French politician Alain Juppé.

They also included the UK Department of Health and BBC North America, both of which subsequently appear to have recovered, along with the profile of Marcelo Claure, the chief executive of U.S. telecoms operator Sprint Corp, which remains hijacked.

Other accounts included publishing sites for Reuters Japan, Die Welt and Forbes and several non-profit agencies including Amnesty International and UNICEF USA as well as Duke University.

The Twitter profile of BBC North America noted: “Hi everyone - we temporarily lost control of this account, but normal service has resumed”.

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2017-03-15

  • TURKEY - NETHERLANDS

    Erdogan 'escalates' row with Srebrenica insult, says Dutch PM

    Read more

  • TURKEY - EU

    Turkey suspends high-level diplomatic ties with the Netherlands

    Read more

  • TURKEY - EU

    EU warns Erdogan over diplomatic spat with the Netherlands

    Read more

COMMENT(S)