March 16, 2017 — Pro-Turkey Hackers Hit Prominent Twitter Accounts
Hundreds, if not thousands, of Twitter users, many of them high-profile, were hacked Tuesday by someone who appeared to support Turkey in its diplomatic row with the Netherlands.
Their accounts displayed a Swastika — reversed to face to the right — as well as the Turkish flag and hashtags to the Nazialmanya and Nazihollanda accounts, which displayed comments on the attack.
Robert Capps, VP of business development at NuData Security:
The hack appears to have exploited a zero-day vulnerability in Twitter Counter, a third-party app available on Google Play and the Apple App Store, said Robert Capps, VP of business development at NuData Security. Twitter Counter, which lets users graph their Twitter stats, apparently has more than 180 million users.
“If Twitter were a country, it would be the 12th largest in the world,” Capps told TechNewsWorld.
It’s more than 100 million users, and its capacity as a real-time source of information, “make it an attractive and vulnerable target for account takeovers,” he said, because it gives bad actors “access to the audiences of celebrities and brands with thousands of followers.”
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