A Turkish Twitter hack on Wednesday morning sent out messages about Nazis from a number of accounts for prominent news outlets and sports teams.
If you were on Twitter bright and early Wednesday morning, you may have very well come across a bizarre series of tweets.
No, President Donald Trump wasn’t on social media going on an unfounded tirade about having his wires tapped or magical microwave cameras, instead there were sports teams and media outlets tweeting out the same message.
The hack led to many accounts sending out a Turkish message comparing the Dutch to Nazis.
The hack impacted Forbes, Nike Spain, the Terry Fox Foundation, German soccer club Borussia Dortmund and even the University of Texas baseball team. Not even Justin Bieber was safe.
Nearly every account immediately removed the message.
Thanks for all your hints! We immediately deleted the tweet, which obviously was the result of a severe attack from outside.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) March 15, 2017
You can see the message pictured above, thanks to a screenshot from The Comeback.
As for the origin of the hack, there are still plenty of questions.
What we do know is that political tensions have Turkey and President at odds. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was barred from Rotterdam by the Dutch government due to differences regarding an upcoming Turkish referendum.
This led to Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan calling the Dutch goverment “Nazi remnants” and “fascists.” Erdogan also recently said Germany was using “Nazi practices” for actions similar to the Dutch.
Holland holds its general on election, so it’s obvious why the message was sent out at this time.
It will be the latest test of the growing populist sentiment in Europe.
Someone was trying to gain some influence and it made for an interesting timeline on Wednesday morning, with swastikas a plenty. Can’t we all just get along and cut it out with this whole hacking thing?