Posted: Wed 15th Mar 2017

Wales Education watchdog Estyn tweets swastikas and pro-Erdoğan support after huge global accounts hack

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This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017

The Twitter account of  Wales education watchdog Estyn was targeted by pro-Turkish hackers this morning.

Thousands of Twitter accounts have been compromised in the hack many of them belonging to high profile companies and organisations. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Accounts were taken over and used to post Nazi swastikas and referencing the ongoing political fall out between the Netherlands and Turkey. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Tension between the two countries has been simmering since the Dutch expelled two Turkish ministers and banned them from rallying in the run up to todays election in the Netherlands. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

President Tayyip Erdogan suspended high-level diplomatic ties with the Netherlands and branded the country’s citizens “Nazi remnants” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Pro-Turkish hackers gained access to thousands of accounts over the last few hours through a third party analytics application tweeting; ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“See you on April 16,” the tweets read, which is the date of Turkey’s referendum to grant more powers to Erdogan, while also referring to the hack being a “little Ottoman slap.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The tweets also link to a YouTube video uploaded on March 14, which includes a number of clips of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The hacked Estyn tweet appeared in timelines just after 8am. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales posted at tweet apologising to its 7576 following at 9.06am. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Other Twitter accounts hijacked include European Parliament. The UK Department of Health, BBC North America, Reuters Japan, Die Welt and Forbes, Amnesty International and UNICEF USA. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Third party service Twitter Counter – which allows Twitter users to track stats, followers and hashtags – is believed to have been hacked and the accounts of its users spammed. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Twitter Counter tweeted that an investigation in underway. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We’re aware that our service was hacked and have started an investigation into the matter,” it said. “We’ve already taken measures to contain such abuse.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

In a statement Twitter said it was “aware of an issue affecting a number account holders this morning. Our teams are working at pace and taking direct action on this issue. We quickly located the source which was limited to a third party app. We removed its permissions immediately. No additional accounts are impacted.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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